Infighting leads to call for early ANC conference
ANC members in the North West have called for an early elective conference in an effort to end faction fights tearing the province apart.
This happened after the provincial general council (PGC) on Sunday passed a motion of no confidence against chairman Supra Mahumapelo, who is seen to be a supporter of President Jacob Zuma's bid for re-election at the ruling party's elective conference in Mangaung later this year.
The faction that is fighting him is led by provincial secretary Kabelo Mataboge.
Last night the provincial leadership met with ANC national leaders, including secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, to resolve the impasse.
On Sunday, the meeting noted continuous infighting in the party and the apparent lack of organisational leadership.
"Delegates noted continuous infighting, failure to provide political and organisational leadership to the branches and the ANC as a whole resolved that there must (be) an early conference convened by end of August 2012," the post-meeting statement read.
Calls for an early election have also been welcomed by the provincial youth league.
Youth league chairman Papiki Baboile yesterday told Sowetan the league also supported calls for Mahumapelo's axing.
ANC spokesman Kenny Morolong dismissed these calls saying: "If branches of the ANC make a call for an early conference, we will give consideration to those calls."
Morolong also dismissed Sunday's PGC as having comprised of a "rented crowd". However, sources close to Mataboge revealed that the meeting had been approved by Mantashe.
Mataboge could not be reached for comment.
The sources said ANC national executive committee members were invited to the PGC, but failed to show up while also adding that 11 provincial executive committee (PEC) members signed the attendance register.
The latter faction - believed to comprise Mataboge and Premier Thandi Modise among others - called for the immediate removal of Mahumapelo two weeks ago.
The Mataboge faction upped the ante by calling for Mahumapelo to be hauled through a disciplinary process.
Sowetan has a copy of the PGC resolutions, which also named provincial treasurer Philly Mapulane, deputy provincial secretary Gordon Kegakilwe, provincial spokesman Morolong and PEC member Matthew Wolmarans as among those who would also face disciplinary action after they walked out during the weekend's meeting.
Despite Mantashe condemning the action against Mahumapelo as "unconstitutional" two weeks ago, the provincial chairman remains a target for a faction believed to be lobbying for Zuma's removal. - firstname.lastname@example.org