The ANC chairperson of the Electoral Committee (EC) and former president Kgalema Motlanthe has come out guns blazing against a Limpopo factional meeting to convince the committee to work in the CR17’s campaign’s favour, calling it shocking and disappointing.
The former president said last week’s meeting, which was used as a platform by the supporters of President Cyril Ramaphosa to lobby for mayoral positions and accuse their so-called RET rivals of taking over the City of Polokwane, had left him “deeply shocked, disappointed and extremely unhappy. This was revealed in leaked audio messages of the Zoom meeting, heard by the Pretoria News.
Present at the secret meeting that appeared to be chaired by ANC Veterans League (ANCVL) president Snuki Zikalala was Motlanthe and EC national list co-ordinator Chief Livhuwani Matsila – who were invited to the meeting by the league.
Also present were Vhembe regional secretary, advocate Anderson Mudunungu; the region’s deputy chairperson, Vhembe District Municipality Executive Mayor Dowelani Nenguda; Capricorn District Municipality executive assistant Rakgadi Machaba; and provincial chairperson of the ANCVL and former MEC of agriculture Jacob Marule. In the audio, Mudunungu can be heard making a plea to Motlanthe and Matsila for the Vhembe ANC region to go into conference before the November local government elections.
“The REC (Regional Executive Committee) has overstayed and we have reached 70% threshold; there is a huge outcry that it is those under the VBS stigma that are contesting.
“We are asking that the NEC assume responsibilities to choose mayors, and as secretary of the region and the deputy chairperson of the region I share those sentiments,” Mudunungu said.
Meanwhile, the ANC Youth League in Vhembe has called for the region to suspend Mudunungu.
“We urge the regional executive committee of the ANC in Vhembe to suspend and excuse him from his duties as regional secretary since he has been advocating that his own term of office has lapsed and he has lost confidence in himself as the REC leader,” they said. Mudunungu told the Pretoria News: “I’m too young to be a member of the Veterans League. Nenguda and Marule could not be reached for comment.
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