LIMPOPO provincial ANC secretary Joe Maswanganyi's dream of toppling party chairperson and premier Cassel Mathale at the coming provincial conference will remain a mirage.
This after his camp lost elections to Mathale's clique in the much-awaited Capricorn regional elective conference held in Polokwane at the weekend.
The elections, which were characterised by acrimonious exchanges, saw Mathale's man Lawrence Mapoulo clobbering Maswanganyi's confidante Stan Motimele by 149 to 87 votes to become regional chairperson.
Blouberg municipality mayor Serite Sekgolowane became deputy chairperson, while former regional Youth League chairperson James Mankge became secretary, Johanna Aphiri deputy secretary and Lucas Ntsewe treasurer.
Capricorn was not the only region in which Maswanganyi has failed to win any of the top five leadership positions.
His camp lost elections to Mathale's coterie in the Mopani, Sekhukhune, Waterberg and Vhembe region a month ago.
Maswanganyi's camp has only managed to win the top five positions at the ANC Youth League's regional conference in Eiland Spa three months ago.
Party insiders who spoke to Sowetan on condition of anonymity, wagered that the results of the Capricorn region, which has been named Peter Mokaba, signaled an end to Maswanganyi's political career because it is the most influential and powerful region in the province.
"Maswanganyi has committed political suicide by wanting to oust Mathale in the 2012 provincial elections," said our informant who took part in the conference.
"He should have waited for Mathale to serve his second term as demanded by many regions in the province before he started lobbying for support to become the next party chairperson."