UNAWARE: Soviet Lekganyane says he knows nothing about ANC preferred list. Picture: Montsho Matlala
The ANC leadership in Limpopo seems to be in disagreement about its nomination list for national candidates at the party’s Mangaung elective conference with the provincial executive committee (PEC) now distancing itself from the list that has Kgalema Motlanthe replacing Jacob Zuma as ANC president.
The party issued two statements that contradicted each other about the list and the PEC said it had nothing to do with the list that excluded Zuma released by its provincial spokesperson, Mokonde Mathivha.
In a statement on Monday night Mathivha said the PEC had chosen Motlanthe as the preferred candidate for nomination at the ANC’s national elective conference at Mangaung in December.
The list went on to name Tokyo Sexwale as the deputy presidential candidate while incumbent secretary general Gwede Mantashe was replaced by Fikile Mbalula.
Others on the list were Thandi Modise (deputy secretary-general), Mathews Phosa (treasurer-general) and Thenjiwe Mtintso (chairperson).
But on Tuesday afternoon, provincial secretary Soviet Lekganyane issued another statement distancing the PEC from the list.
Lekganyane said as the provincial secretary, he remained the chief spokesperson and that his office knew nothing about the list of preferred candidates.
“We therefore dismiss the statement as utter nonsense and mendacious.
“The PEC will investigate this matter and take appropriate action,” he said.
In an interview Lekganyane did not rule out the possibility of disciplinary action against Mathivha who said he would abide by the latest statement issued by Lekganyane.
He said there was no bad blood between him and the provincial secretary.
“As disciplined members of the ANC, when we joined we agreed to abide by the disciplinary policies of the organisation.
“Ours is not an easy job, as spokespersons. Sometimes we do commit mistakes in the line of duty.” Mathivha said
Lekganyane said his office would make an announcement about the preferred candidates at the beginning of next month.
“And from now onwards, my office is the only one handling media enquiries about the ANC’s 53th elective conference,” he added.