'Limpopo will host congress'

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

The ANC in Limpopo yesterday moved swiftly to allay fears that the province might lose its rights to host the organisation's 52nd national congress scheduled for December.

Rumours started circulating in the province about three weeks ago that the congress was likely to be moved to another province, preferably Gauteng, because Limpopo did not have the necessary resources to host an event of such magnitude.

The congress requires a venue that will house at least 5000 delegates. The province has earmarked the Turfloop campus of the University of Limpopo as a venue for the conference.

Fears were raised earlier that the university was moving too slowly in putting in place proper structures to host the congress.

Addressing the media in Polokwane yesterday, Premier Sello Moloto said the ANC has made a "firm commitment" that the congress would still be held in Limpopo "come rain or shine".

"The ANC has made it clear that the congress will take place in Limpopo as scheduled and nothing will stop us from hosting a successful and historic event in the history of this province," said Moloto, who is also provincial chairman of the organisation.

Moloto said they had set up a provincial preparatory committee to oversee logistical and other arrangements relating to the congress.