The tussle for leadership positions among members of the African National Congress (ANC) in Limpopo took a fiercer turn over the weekend when angry opposition groups set the house of the branch’s secretary alight.
The scuffle also led to the hospitalisation of some ANC branch members who were seriously injured during the wild and violent rampage.
Gladys Thange, whose house was torched, is branch secretary for Ward 9 of the newly-established Lim 345 municipality.
Lim 345, also known as Collins Chabane Local Municipality was established by the amalgamation of portions of Thulamela Local Municipality and Makhado Local Municipality on 3 August 2016.
The municipality was named after a former South African minister of public services and administration, Collins Chabane.
Chabane passed away on 15th of March, 2015 in a car crash. He was an active member of the underground ANC at the early age of seventeen when he was drawn to the struggle for national liberation.
Meanwhile, Gladys Thange is yet to comment on the ugly incidence.
ANC Limpopo is expected to hold a conference next month, as part of preparations for the ANC’s national elective conference in December.
However, factionalism and in-fightings over leadership positions in the region have continued to deepen with each passing day. In recent weeks, several branch meetings turned violent.
On Sunday, reports had it that gunshots were fired during a branch meeting in Giyani, Limpopo. The branch meeting was convened to elect four delegates for the ANC’s Mopani regional conference, scheduled to hold between February 23 and 26.
The meeting was reportedly disrupted by ANC MP Thomas Makondo and Giyani municipal manager Aubrey Hlungwani when they tried to take down the names of delegates in attendance.
The story was also the same in a recent meeting held in Letaba to elect branch delegates for the upcoming regional conference. But this time, the gunshot was fired by a party member.
It was reported weeks ago that ANC Youth League secretary in the Mokgalakwena municipality David “Che” Selane was forced to hold a meeting at gunpoint during the same nomination process.