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Mahikeng - The newly-elected executive committee of the African National Congress (ANC) in Ngaka Modiri Molema region in North West will strive to unite members, deputy chairperson Oabile Seabelo said on Wednesday.

"Where there are parallel structures, we will dissolve them and form one structure. We cannot have two structures," he said, adding that some members were not happy.

"It is not that they are disgruntled. It means there are issued they are not happy about. It is within our duty and responsibility to find answers..."

The region called on all members, branch leaders and all ANC public representatives to unite behind the banner of the ANC.

Seabelo said the committee would attend to functionality of political caucus of municipalities and address all weakness relating to provision of essential and basic service to communities.

The region also affirmed their support for North West premier and ANC provincial chairperson Supra Mahumapelo, stating that under his leadership service delivery protest have been reduced in the province and the ANC was stable.

Seabelo said it was for those reasons that Mahumapelo was not nominated to serve in the ANC national leadership.

"We still need him in the province. We still have a lot to learn from him."

The region endorsed former African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as their preferred candidate to run for the ANC presidential position, stating that her name was not tarnished and she had experience. 

"She serve as a minister in different portfolio and there was less conflicts in Africa during her tenure as AU commission chairperson. It is our mandate, it is our responsibility to ensure that women are empowered and given space to exist..."

He said there was no written record that ANC deputy president must be president.

Deputy regional chairperson of the ANC in Ngaka Modiri Molema, Oabile Seabelo, wants ANC members to be united. MEDIA: Molaole Montsho/ANA

"President Jacob Zuma contested president Thabo Mbeki in Polokwane, in Mangaung President Zuma was contested by Kgalema Motlanthe. There is no record that deputy president automatically become the president," he said.

The region support Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza to be the deputy president, national chairperson Baleka Mbethe as the second deputy president, Gwede Mantashe as the national chairperson, Free State premier Ace Magashule as the secretary general, Jessie Duarte as deputy secretary general and Maite Nkoane Mashabane as the treasurer general.

The ANC in the North West said the regional conference went well according to the party’s rules and constitution.

"It is just unfortunate that some amongst our comrades have made faceless allegations in the media, with nefarious intentions influenced by their desire to get an outcome of their wishes. It is obvious that when such wishes do not emerge, the next step is then to lodge a grievance so as to tarnish the outcomes of the regional conference," said provincial secretary Dakota Legoete.

He said those who threatened to take the ANC to court did not meet the required threshold of 25 percent to be in the ballot paper, and that became clear when conference voted for the credentials report after a debate that lasted more than two hours. 

"Some of the comrades participated in all conference proceedings, but decided to snub the voting process after realising that the outcome would not favour them."

Some members had threatened to take the ANC to court, on allegations that the conference was structured in way to sway votes to a faction aligned to North West premier and ANC chairperson Supra Mahumapelo.