Nkowankowa stadium will this Saturday (tomorrow) be filled to capacity when President Cyril Ramaphosa attends the official launch of his presidential campaign for the party this year. The event will be hosted by the Norman Mashabane regional chair, Pule Shai, and the Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha.

This comes in the wake of the meeting of the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) this week where processes for Ramaphosa’s election for the second term were kickstarted.

The province nominated Ramaphosa for president, Paul Mashatile for deputy and their chairperson Mathabatha for the position of national chairperson this coming December. The venue is still to be announced in due course.

As a result, several branches in Mopani met during the week and others are to meet this weekend to nominate office bearers as well as delegates to attend the conference and deliver the mandate of the branches.

Ramaphosa is expected to be accompanied by Mashatile and he will address members to set the tone for the conference, as well as outlining the state of affairs within the party. Though leaders are still mum on the issue the ball has started rolling with factions in the party spitting fire at each other.

Provincial party spokesperson Ishmael Machaka said that the PEC was of the view that Ramaphosa was the best candidate to lead the organisational renewal programme. He also defended the selection of Mashatile. Machaka added that Mashatile was now the acting Secretary, the Deputy Secretary and the national treasurer.

“There is a reason for the decision as he had demonstrated his ability to lead during difficult times. These are some of the responsibilities and challenges we face as the party, and they should not be ignored.”

Machaka further said they’d nominated Mathabatha for the position of national chairperson and they were going to lobby other provinces to support them during the conference to be held in December.

Ramaphosa was nominated by former GTM Speaker, Makoma Makhurupetsi, and was accepted without exception. The event at Nkowankowa is set to begin at 13:00.