Ahead of ANC Limpopo elective conference – which is likely to hold in June 2017; tension and conflict have erupted between two warring factions in the party.
The tension follows growing calls for the dismissal of Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha – who was accused of bequeathing his political and administrative powers to the party’s provincial treasurer, Danny Msiza.
Reports said two groups led by respective ANC provincial bigwigs have been applying the whole bags of tricks to overthrow Mathabatha as provincial party leader and premier.
The bigwigs, as gathered is an unconfirmed bloc made up of Mpumalanga; Free State; and North West premiers David Mabuza, Ace Magashule and Supra Mahumapelo, respectively.
ANC Limpopo Members Fight For Mathabatha’s Successor
BuzzSouthAfrica reliably gathered that one faction is canvassing for party provincial secretary Nocks Seabi – dubbed “Premier League leader”- to replace Mathabatha; while the other is lobbying for the newly elected Msiza to take over from the embattled Premier.
Also, reports had it that party deputy provincial chairperson Jerry Ndou; together with a host of regional leaders from Mopani and Vhembe have expressed their unalloyed support for Seabi.
While, Msiza, on the other hand, is said to have earned the overwhelming support of Mathabatha and party leaders from Peter Mokaba, Sekhukhune and Waterberg.
However, Seabi in a recent interview denied that he is at loggerheads with Premier Mathabatha. In fact, he reassured everyone that the ANC in Limpopo is very united.
“Premier Stan Mathabatha is my comrade and there’s no tension between us. The ANC Limpopo is very united. I’m not a member of any faction, including the so-called premier league. The people who are spreading these rumours are mischievous and out of order,” he said.
Mathabatha is a die-hard supporter of Cyril Ramaphosa’s presidential bid – which is one of the reasons why his political rivals in Limpopo is calling for his dismissal. His rivals are said to be supporters of president Zuma’s ex-wife cum AU Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.