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The Limpopo ANC's nomination conference will start as soon as delegates complete their registration and arrive at the venue, spokesman Makonde Mathivha said on Wednesday.

“Everything is going according to plan,” he said.

“Conference is ready to start as soon as people have finished registering.”

The African National Congress' national executive committee decided at a special meeting to allow Limpopo to rerun its provincial general council (PCG) after it was disrupted on Friday.

The conference was abandoned after a group of “violent hooligans” wearing T-shirts with President Jacob Zuma's face printed on them disrupted proceedings, forcing delegates to flee the venue, Mathivha said at the time.

Limpopo, along with Gauteng, has been one of the provinces calling for change of leadership in the African National Congress.

The provincial executive committee (PEC) wanted Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to take over from Zuma.

The official deadline for PGCs was November 30.

Six NEC deployees were sent to the province.

Earlier, Limpopo provincial secretary Soviet Lekganyane said NEC members deployed to assist with reconvening the provincial nomination conference would not be welcome because they had vested interests.

However, ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu said the NEC's decision on any matter, including deployments to Limpopo to resolve nomination problems, was binding.

“Such an irresponsible and un-ANC statement does not only undermine the decision of the NEC, it also fails to acknowledge that the NEC carries full responsibility for the success of the pending 53rd national conference,” he said.

“It is not up to the provincial secretary Comrade Soviet Lekganyane to decide whether to accept the decision of NEC or not; the NEC will not be prevented from fulfilling its constitutional mandate.”

He said the African National Congress reserved the right to investigate and institute charges against any member of the ANC “that instigates against” a standing decision of the organisation.

The Young Communist League of SA in Limpopo said it believed the disruption at Friday's conference was orchestrated by the ANC leadership in the province.

“Surely had the PGC took place, the leadership of the ANC was going to face (a) high level of embarrassment when branches speak in one language and voicing their support for President (Jacob) Zuma and secretary-general (Gwede) Mantashe,” YCLSA provincial secretary Bashin Magoma said in a statement.

“This was not only going to humiliate the supposed leadership of the ANC, but also an indication that the current provincial leadership does not enjoy popular support of the people of this province.”

Magoma said the YCLSA was also disturbed by the ANC Youth League in the province's derogatory remarks about Zuma and Mantashe.

These remarks were being supported by the provincial leadership, who were unable to condemn unruly behaviour in public as a way of instilling discipline in the organisation, he said.

The YCLSA urged ANC branches and structures in Limpopo to adhere to the party's principles and discipline.

Magoma called on the NEC of the ANC to not only take over the process of the PGC, but to take over the ANC in the province as well. - Sapa


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