A BITTER row has erupted between a region of the ANC Youth League and a local municipality over Caster Semenya.
The Phalamothwa branch of the ANCYL in the Capricorn region and the Aganang municipality in Limpopo are both claiming the right of a function to honour Semenya, the 800m champion.
Semenya is a resident of Masetlhong village in Moletji, which falls under the Aganang municipality.
The ANC youth want to host a big party for Semenya and does not want the municipality to be involved.
Semenya is currently based in Pretoria, where she is a student at the University of Pretoria.
The league's sub-regional convener, McDonald Mokgolo, said yesterday "whether the municipality likes it or not we will continue with our preparations because we view the victory (Semenya's 800m gold medal at the World championships in Berlin) as a victory for young people of the area".
"I wish to put it on record that as the ANC youth league, we have made consultations with the family of Caster to ensure that we are permitted to hold an event in her honour," Mokgolo said.
"Caster is a registered member of the ANC youth league in the Phalamothwa branch, so we feel it is befitting to celebrate her achievements," he said.
But Mokgolo, however, declined to divulge the date of the event, saying the matter was still under discussion.
Semenya is expected back in the country this morning. She will also be met by her family at the OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park.
Her family, including her grandmother Mmaphuti Sekgala, is at the mercy of the Aganang municipality, which has also taken charge of their transport to the airport.
The municipal manager of Aganang, Ramakuntwane Selepe, said they were continuing with their arrangements to celebrate Semenya's achievements. He, too, could not furnish us with a date for the function.