Another ANC Limpopo gathering turned ugly when factions clashed over the nomination of their preferred candidates.
A source told Sowetan that a branch general meeting of the ANC in Ward 26 in Mankweng turned ugly yesterday when supporters of the present chairman of the ANC and Limpopo premier, Sello Moloto, and provincial secretary Cassel Mathale traded blows.
Branch chairman Ponto Mothiba - a Mathale supporter - was allegedly assaulted by a group of Moloto supporters.
Mankweng police spokesman Malan Nchabeleng confirmed the incident. He said one person was arrested but charges against him were withdrawn after the two factions agreed to resolve their differences amicably.
The controversy surrounding the nomination process at the branch is not new. Another branch general meeting to nominate candidates for the coming conference was postponed earlier this year owing to in-fighting between the two factions.
Yesterday ANC Limpopo spokesman Benny Boshielo said 433 branches in the province qualified to take part in the provincial conference between July 17 and 20 at the University of Venda.
According to figures released on Thursday 41 branches in the Waterberg nominated Moloto as chairman, while Mathale was nominated by 14.
In Capricorn 57 branches nominated Moloto, while 15 nominated Mathale, who enjoys the support of a sizeable number in the Sekhukhune, Mopani and Vhembe branches. Mathale was nominated by 73 branches, while Moloto was nominated by 21.
In the Vhembe region 68 branches nominated Mathale and 18 Moloto, who has the overwhelming support of the ANC Women's League, while Mathale has the unwavering support of the ANC Youth League.