Waterberg Regional Secretary Jacob Moabelo has labelled Limpopo provincial secretary “factionalist”, and “hater” who is pleasing his handlers.

The ANC in Limpopo which has re-elected is provincial chairperson Stan Mathabatha as its preferred Premier candidate is facing a massive internal battle despite securing 76.68% votes followed by EFF with 13% which toppled DA as the official opposition which received 5.58 percent.

Moabelo defended the two senior ANC officials in Limpopo- chairperson Florence Radzilani and provincial treasurer Danny Msiza who reinstated themselves on the eve of the national elections.

Radzilani and Mziza were forced to step aside by the ruling party’s national working committee over the VBS scandal. Both ANC senior official were also implicated in the VBS Mutual Bank’s collapse. This was after Advocate Terry Motau released a report titled “The Great Bank Heist” which detailed how R1.8bn was brazenly stolen from the mutual bank.

Moabelo labelled Lekganyane a factionalist who has no mandate to the branches of the ANC as this matter wasn’t digested by the PEC. “We note the personal letter you have circulated to regions claiming to representing the position of the ANC PEC in Limpopo province. The PEC has never met and authorized you to have any statement on the matter relating to the return to Office of deputy provincial chairperson and provincial treasurer. Therefore, the views of expressed are purely personal, factional and obviously shared by known handlers,” Moabelo added.

According to Moabelo this matter cannot be handled by any provincial structure of the ANC therefore it can only be the national leadership which can express its views. Moabelo who is likely to be charged has insulted Lekganyane. “Clearly your hatred of fellow leaders and comrades knows no bounds. Your evil spirit does not allow you to be patient in celebrating their imaginary downfall,” Moabelo.

He added that Waterberg fully support the return of their leaders stressing that he doesn’t recognise Lekganyane’s instructions on Radzilani and Msiza’s matter that they should step aside . “We will mobilise the entire membership of the ANC in Limpopo to the same. These are our leaders that we elected at the 9th provincial conference and no one has the authority to remove them except branches,” Moabelo threatens.

ANC spokesperson Dakota Lekgoete who urged the pair to allow the ruling party’s internal process to be complete warned that the ANC will not tolerate ill-discipline and public spats. “We call on our members to refrain from public spats as well as conducting themselves in a manner that undermines the integrity of the organisation. The ANC will not hesitate to take action against anybody who aren’t respecting the organisation and its members,” said Lekgoete.

Earlier Lekgoete also questioned the timing of the action by Radzilani and Msiza as the ruling party prepared for elections.

Limpopo ANC provincial secretary Lekganyane urged structures of the ANC to respect the ruling party’s national working committee decision that deputy provincial chairperson Florence Radzilani and provincial treasurer Danny Msiza must step aside over the VBS scandal.

Lekganyane said: “There’s no correspondence from the nation working committee or the secretary general office informing the province that the decision taken by the nation working committee in December 2018 to instruct the deputy provincial chairperson and the provincial treasurer to step aside has been reviewed or revoked. In the absence of such directive the said comrades remain recused from their positions and activities of the organisation.”

Lekganyane wrote to Radzilani and Msiza advising them to conduct themselves in a manner in keeping the decorum of the organisation. Sowetan contacted the two officials Radzilani and Msiza who both refused to comment at the time of going to print.

On the eve of elections Msiza and Radzilani wrote letters to ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, stating their intention to return to their positions five months after they were forced out.

In his letter to Magashule, Msiza said it’s a matter of public knowledge that he took Motau’s report on review.

He said in the past five months he hadn’t received any communication from either the integrity commission or the ANC leadership.

“I equally have not been lawfully charged in any court of law nor has the disciplinary committee of the ANC preferred charges against me,” Msiza wrote.

“Accordingly, in line with the democratic mandate and responsibility bestowed on me by the membership of the ANC in Limpopo at our 9th provincial conference, I will resume my solemn and constitutional responsibilities as provincial treasurer on 1st May 2019.”

“It’s my conviction that I have exercised maximum discipline and respect for the leadership by stepping aside for five months.”

Radzilani, who also resigned as mayor of Vembe district municipality, claimed that no due process was followed by the integrity commission to ask her to step aside.

She said allegations levelled against her on the VBS scandal were baseless.

“Consequently, I have lodged legal suit with the high court for reputational damage and extreme pain I have suffered as a result of advocate Terry Modau’s unlawful conduct.”

By Mpho Dube

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