Mopani Sasco con­fer­ence re­sults dis­puted

African Times - - Politics - AKANI MAN­GENA

TEN­SIONS are run­ning high within the South African Stu­dents Congress (SASCO) in Mopani as the re­sults of tue re­cently con­cluded con­fer­ence are be­ing dis­puted.

Af­ter a chaotic con­fer­ence two weeks ago at Nor­man Masha­bane house whereby a group of peo­ple re­port­edly stormed the venue to cause dis­rup­tions with ‘pan­gas’ and other weapons to cause harm, the con­fer­ence was resched­uled to take place last week Satur­day with the bless­ings of the Pro­vin­cial Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (PEC).

ANC Youth League Mopani Re­gional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee mem­ber Tshepo Rat­lou who gave a mes­sage of sup­port dur­ing last Satur­day’s con­fer­ence told African Times that al­though he is dis­ap­pointed with the man­ner in which other Sasco REC mem­bers bla­tantly re­fused to at­tend the con­fer­ence with the aim to jeop­ar­dize it, he was pleased with the out­comes.

He called on mem­bers to put be­hind what tran­spired and should back the elected lead­ers.

“All mem­bers of Sasco should rally be­hind the elected lead­er­ship and those who are lead­ing now should not use their pow­ers to purge the dis­grun­tled group. They should rather work to­gether to cham­pion the in­ter­ests of the stu­dents and unite be­hind a strong congress un­der one ban­ner of Sasco,” Rat­lou said.

He urged both groups to work to­gether if they want to re­gain stu­dents trust and con­fi­dence at in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing that have been snatched by the Ee­co­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers Stu­dent Com­mand.

The ini­tial con­fer­ence was chal­lenged af­ter fac­tions within Sasco ac­cused the group led Kenny Mok­goloboto, Mpho Rama­puputla and Solly Ram­malo of us­ing peo­ple who are study­ing out­side Mopani re­gion to win con­fer­ences. They com­plained about Rama­puputla in par­tic­u­lar, who is al­leged to be a stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Lim­popo which is un­der Capricorn re­gion.

Ram­malo vowed that the col­lec­tive that was elected re­mains le­git­i­mate, un­til the Pro­vin­cial Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee says oth­er­wise.

He also ac­cused the col­lec­tive of Hap­pines Malatji of us­ing in­tim­i­da­tion and what he de­scribed as ‘bar­baric tac­tics’ to para­chute to power.

“Those are just hooli­gans who are hun­gry for power and do not want to be led at all. We are sur­prised be­cause Rama­puputla is from Tza­neen and as such, the fact that he is study­ing at the univer­sity of Lim­popo does not limit him from lead­ing in Mopani,” Ram­malo said.

How­ever, Malatji was quick to rub­bish this al­le­ga­tions, say­ing that Ram­malo is been used as a weapon by some of ANCYL pro­vin­cial lead­ers to fight po­lit­i­cal bat­tles within struc­tures of the ANC.

“War (Ram­malo) is telling lies and now its clear that he is used by his close ally Moshe ‘Che’ Se­lane of the ANCYL to hi­jack po­lit­i­cal and stu­dents struc­tures in the re­gion, which they won’t suc­ceed.

“They failed to hon­our the in­vite to at­tend the con­fer­ence and we are now sur­prised why they are cry­ing foul.” Malatji said.

SASCO Lim­popo pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Tlan­ge­lani Man­ganyi who was de­ployed to over­see the first con­fer­ence, said the mat­ter of Mopani lies in the hands of PEC and they would soon find al­ter­na­tives to deal with the mat­ter.

“We are rush­ing to deal with this mat­ter and hope­ful we will soon find so­lu­tions that will bare the fruits for the ben­e­fit of the congress as a whole and not a cer­tain group,” Man­ganyi said.

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