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'Premier's most embarrassing moment'

By Frank Maponya | Jun 28, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

LIMPOPO Premier Cassel Mathale suffered the most embarrassing moment of his life when he was chased out of a meeting by angry members of the ANC in the Waterberg region at the weekend.

Mathale had gone to Modimolle's OR Tambo Hall on Saturday to convey the provincial working committee's decision that the Waterberg region should disband.

The meeting to disband the region took place at a leading hotel on Tuesday evening and was also attended by ANCYL president Julius Malema.

The Waterberg region has been accused of "failing to provide political leadership".

At the OR Tambo Hall angry members of the ANC allegedly started booing Mathale before he could even announce the decision.

This "unruly behaviour" was allegedly caused by the fact that members were not afforded the opportunity to ask questions about the decision to disband the regional structure.

This means the region has not been disbanded because Mathale left before the decision to disband had been announced. Mathale allegedly told members that he would convene a proper regional general council meeting.

An ANC leader in the region, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the decision to disband the regional structure was taken because "members differed with Mathale's supporters".

A source at the meeting said angry ANC members sang anti-Mathale songs and swore at him.

"This action by members of the region is indicative of the fact that we are tired of being dictated to by a few individuals. We want the ANC to be run properly without any decisions being imposed on us," the source said.

He added that the plan by Mathale and his supporters was to ensure that the region went to next year's local government elections led by a task team favourable to them so that they could appoint mayors and councillors who were in their good books.

Approached for comment yesterday, Mathale said there were people who were not supposed to be part of the meeting who came with "disruptive tendencies".


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