Stan set to be re-elected un­op­posed as ANC pro­vin­cial chair

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PIET RAMPEDI

LIM­POPO Premier Stan Matha­batha is set to be re-elected un­op­posed as ANC pro­vin­cial chair­per­son this month, in what has been seen as a re­ward for suc­cess­fully cam­paign­ing for Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa to be­come party leader and restor­ing the cred­i­bil­ity of the pro­vin­cial ad­min­is­tra­tion.

This comes af­ter three dif­fer­ent fac­tions in the prov­ince ral­lied be­hind his lead­er­ship al­though con­test­ing each other for the other top five pro­vin­cial ANC po­si­tions ahead of the elec­tive con­fer­ence this month.

Al­though three lists have emerged amid in­tense lob­by­ing, they all have him as pro­vin­cial chair­per­son, which paves the way for him to re­tain his po­si­tion un­op­posed.

How­ever, the rest of the po­si­tions are be­ing con­tested by be­tween two and three peo­ple.

The po­si­tion of pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary, cur­rently oc­cu­pied by Nocks Se­abi, is hotly con­tested by MPL Soviet Lek­ganyane, Deputy Lim­popo Leg­is­la­ture Speaker Lehl­o­gonolo Ma­soga and Mopani re­gional sec­re­tary Basikopo Makamu.

Two of the three fac­tions have dumped cur­rent trea­surer Danny Msiza from both the top five and the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee.

In the first list, Cogh­sta MEC Jerry Ndou is touted as deputy chair­per­son, Ma­soga as sec­re­tary, Trans­port MEC Makoma Makhu­ru­petje or Health MEC Dr Phophi Ra­math­uba as deputy sec­re­tary, and ei­ther Se­abi or Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment MEC Sea­paro Sekoati as trea­surer.

In the sec­ond one, Vhembe District Mayor Florence Radzi­lani is ear­marked for the po­si­tion of deputy chair­per­son, Lek­ganyane for sec­re­tary, Msiza for trea­surer and the deputy sec­re­tary po­si­tion is va­cant “pend­ing en­gage­ments”.

In the third one, Ndou is named as deputy chair­per­son, Makamu as sec­re­tary, Ra­math­uba as his deputy and Ma­soga as trea­surer.

One of the Water­burg lob­by­ists be­hind it has hailed it as a unity list be­cause it is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of all of Lim­popo’s five re­gions.

Pro­fes­sor Le­siba Teffo, a po­lit­i­cal ex­pert from Unisa, says Matha­batha was be­ing re­warded by ANC branches for hav­ing done a good job in gov­ern­ment.

He said this was be­cause he is more of a “con­sum­mate ad­min­is­tra­tor” than a typ­i­cal politi­cian who is ob­sessed with power.

“It was more about ef­fec­tive pub­lic re­sources man­age­ment. In as much as he found a rot­ten state, but there is a sense of re­spectabil­ity and cred­i­bil­ity with re­gard to peo­ple’s per­cep­tion of the lead­er­ship of the prov­ince as of now, that’s num­ber one,” Teffo said.

“Num­ber two, he was lucky that he came into a sit­u­a­tion that could not be worse. Any­body who follows [former pres­i­dent Ja­cob] Zuma or [former premier Cas­sel] Mathale will al­ways do bet­ter. It can’t be worse than them. So, it’s also a plus in that sense.”

A lob­by­ist from Peter Mok­aba says they have united be­hind Matha­batha be­cause all fac­tions agree that he has done a good job both as head of the ANC and gov­ern­ment since 2013.

“But you will also have dif­fer­ent pref­er­ences for other po­si­tions. Re­mem­ber, when you make those kinds of pro­pos­als you are also guided by what other re­gions are say­ing,” the lob­by­ist said.

“So, if we say we want the chair­per­son back, and Vhembe says, ok, we want Ndou, there will be lob­by­ing and counter lob­by­ing. The other thing is that the lists may change be­cause it’s only now that se­ri­ous lob­by­ing is start­ing.”

He claimed di­vi­sions around whether or not to re­tain Msiza in the top five had were the main rea­son be­hind the three dif­fer­ent lists.

“Surely, there are peo­ple who don’t want the trea­surer. But over and above, not only that peo­ple don’t like him as a per­son, but the ac­tions of lead­ers while they are in of­fice will make peo­ple to ei­ther like them or not like them. Some peo­ple will be haunted by VBS. Some peo­ple will be haunted by their own his­tor­i­cal is­sues, or pre­vi­ous is­sues.”

Ear­lier this month, EFF Pro­vin­cial Sec­re­tary Jossey Buthane ac­cused Msiza of hav­ing en­cour­aged Lim­popo mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to in­vest with VBS in ex­change for a 4% com­mis­sion, a claim ve­he­mently de­nied by Msiza’s sup­port­ers. VBS has been placed un­der cu­ra­tor­ship by Re­serve Bank Gover­nor Le­setja Kganyago af­ter it was found to have breached bank­ing reg­u­la­tions. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion also re­vealed that the bank had liq­uid­ity prob­lems and could not ac­count for R900 mil­lion in­vested with it mostly by poor, ru­ral Lim­popo

Pic­ture: Le­bo­gang Mak­wela/Visu­alBuzz SA

SET FOR RE-ELEC­TION: Lim­popo premier and provn­cial ANC chair­per­son Stan Matha­batha.

Pic­ture: Le­bo­gang Mak­wela/ Visu­alBuzz SA

MPL Soviet Lek­ganyane (Left) and Deputy Lim­popo Leg­is­la­ture Speaker Lehl­o­gonolo Ma­soga (Right).

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