THE Vhembe ANC regional conference in Limpopo had a slow start on Saturday as the leadership squabbles over delegates’ credentials, sources said.
Formal proceedings scheduled to start at 10 am had not gone underway by 6 pm.
African Times was told there were also serious divisions within the regional executive committee (REC) on the number of its leaders from the structure who were entitled to attend the conference.
It’s also believed that the contestation of top positions has also created a division in the REC.
Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha, who is also ANC provincial chairperson, had to wait for a long time before the start of the conference.
GALVANISED: ANC supporters came out in huge numbers to listen to President Jacob Zuma outlining the party’s electoral plans at Ga-Seleka Village, Lephalale, Limpopo.
Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) leader Kebby Maphatsoe, who is one of the ANC national executive committee (NEC) deployees to Limpopo is among senior party leaders overseeing the conference.
Sources said the conference was being fought over local and regional dynamics than the divisive battle raging at national level between supporters of former AU Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Vhembe Executive Mayor Florence Radzilani’s ally, Tshitereke Matibe is expected to square off against former Limpopo ANC spokesperson Makonde Mathivha, who is currently the manager of Thulamela Municipality, for the top job of regional chairperson.
Radzilani, who is a member of the provincial executive committee (PEC) has had her ambition to contest squashed after ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe enforced the party’s constitution which prevents leaders serving in higher structures from contesting for positions in lower structures.
Mathivha’s line up has former Makhado Mayor David Mutavhatsindi as regional secretary.
Current regional secretary Khathu Netshifhefhe is believed to be eyeing the deputy chairperson position.