ANC Bojanala Region Elects Leaders, Following Court Battles

The new leadership of the ANC in the Bojanala region was elected unopposed at the 6th regional conference in Rustenburg on Sunday. PICTURE: ANA

The new leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) in the Bojanala region was elected unopposed at the 6th regional conference in Rustenburg on Sunday night.

The Single Whip of the Rustenburg local municipality Lekgotla Mataboge was elected the regional chairperson, Sipho Vava as the deputy chairperson, Lucky Madiba the regional secretary, Kabelo Nchabele as the deputy regional secretary, while the Speaker of Rustenburg Sheila Mabale-Huma was elected the regional treasurer.

The conference was held following high court battles. Disgruntled members interdicted the conference on two occasions over allegations that at least 40 branches were not constitutionally launched.

The North West High Court on September 15 rescinded the court order obtained on August 11 interdicting the conference. The ANC then announced that the conference would proceed on September 17, but this led to disgruntled branches launching yet another court application on September 16, stopping the conference.

The matter was struck off the urgent court roll and set down to be heard on September 22.

Former Bojanala regional secretary Tokyo Mataboge and the 39 others withdrew their application interdicting the conference at the North West High Court on Friday, September 22.

The matter was withdrawn on the basis that the respondents to the review (ANC general secretary, Gwede Mantashe, provincial secretary, Dakota Legoete and the Bojanala Regional Task Team) will file the record on September 26.

The applicants (former Bojanala regional secretary Tokyo Mataboge and 39 others) will file their amended notice of motion or supplementary founding affidavits in the review on October 2.

Parties were to file their head of arguments on October 18 and the review application is set to be heard on October 23 at the North West High Court. 

A task team was established to run the region after members of the regional executive committee resigned en masse last year, ahead of the municipal election.

Speaking at the conference, North West premier and ANC provincial chairperson Supra Mahumapelo called on the region to unite.

– African News Agency (ANA).