The newly appointed Limpopo ANC provincial chairperson, Stanley Chupu Mathabatha, assured citizens of the province that there would be no cabinet reshuffle to deal with fellow members who contested him.

He said that he would hold a meeting with them to figure how they can work together for the betterment of the Limpopo province. Mathabatha won the ANC’s Limpopo provincial conference.

He said this on Saturday afternoon after emerging as the winner of the fiercely contested elective conference held at the Ranch Hotel in Polokwane.

The conference which started late on Friday was opened by the national treasurer, Paul Mashatile who appealed to members to unite after the conference. Mashatile turned down the nomination of Danny Msiza by the Mathabatha slate because of the “step-aside” rule.

Voting for the new provincial committee commenced on Saturday and by mid-day the results for the position of chairperson were as follows, Mathabatha received 761 votes while Dickson Masemola garnered 389.

Deputy chairperson was Florence Radzilana with 791 votes against the 373 for Pule Shayi, and the position of secretary Reuben Madazhe won with 717 votes over Soviet Lekganyane’s 451.

The position of deputy secretary went to Basikopo Makamu with 797 votes while Livhuwani Ligaraba managed only 365 votes. Nakedi Sibanda-Kekana received 786 votes against 375 of Faith Chauke for the position of treasurer. Donald Senamolela, voted on the floor for the position of treasurer, for the third time declined the nomination. All winners were carried to the podium by their supporters.

In his acceptance speech, the incoming chairperson for a third term, Mathabatha said that the new Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) will be preoccupied with matters of the provision of water and roads.

He added that they will be deliberating on the discussion documents of the party and give inputs where a need arises. He further said that there would be no reshuffling of his cabinet any time soon.

“It would be unethical to just cut people off because they had contested us. What is going to happen is reviews will take place as usual and if there would be changes, they would be informed by that and not by spite. As you know, this is not the first time comrade Dickson Masemola contested me and we had throughout remained friends,” said Mathabatha.

“We are going to sit down with him and others and figure out how we can work together for the sake of our people.” The conference was closed by President Cyril Ramaphosa who addressed members on the latest criminal case he is facing after money was allegedly stolen from his farm in Limpopo. He said that light would be shed during investigations.

Mathabatha, who was not known in the province before he returned to Limpopo from the Ukraine where he was the ambassador, after the disbandment of the PEC in 2013. The subsequent removal of Cassel Mathale as the premier saw Mathabatha take up his position in local politics once more.

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