LIMPOPO Premier Cassel Mathale averted a disaster by warning delegates at the Vhembe regional ANC conference in Makhado that the party would come down hard on those who disrupted proceedings.
It had been rumoured that one group had planned to disrupt the proceedings.
At the opening of the conference on Saturday morning, Mathale said the ANC would not tolerate unbecoming behaviour from delegates.
He warned that tough action would be taken against those who disrupted the meeting.
The faction that favoured Moss Tseli did not want to confirm its accreditations, but later gave in and took part in the proceedings and then lost the elections.
Vhembe district municipality executive mayor Philemon Mdaka retained his position as chairperson of the ANC when he trounced Tseli by 137 votes against 92.
Mdaka's group swept the boards by winning all the top five seats.
Shumani Ravhuanzwa garnered 141 votes against 85 for his opponent Faith Chauke, the speaker of Thulamela municipality.
The manager of Thulamela municipality, Makonde Mathivhaalso, lost in his bid to become secretary of the ANC in the district.
He garnered just 85 votes against the 141 for his opponent Khathu Netshifhefhe.
Florence Rhumani became deputy secretary when she received 142 votes against the 85 of her opponent Simon Baloyi.
Tshifhiwa Dali became the treasurer after defeating Prince Phandavhudzi by 142 votes to 82.
The delegates were later yesterday to vote for additional members.