Delegates sing at the Bojanala regional conference.
RUSTENBURG – North West premier and African National Congress provincial chairman Supra Mahumapelo used the 6th ANC Bojanala regional conference in Rustenburg on Sunday to appeal for unity in the party.
“If you can divide Bojanala you have divided the North West. Do not allow enemies to divide you. Once you are divided it will be difficult to restore unity,” he told delegates.
The Bojanala region, the largest region in North West, held its 6th conference 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 The North West High Court on September 15 rescinded the court order interdicting the conference obtained on August 11.
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 to stop the conference. The matter was struck off the urgent court roll and set down to be heard on September 22, but former Bojanala regional secretary Tokyo Mataboge and the 39 affected branches withdrew their application interdicting the conference on Friday.
“This conference is duly constituted under rule 21 of the ANC constitution. There is no interdict today. I am not going to talk about courts…,” Mahumapelo said on Sunday.”
The conference at the Rustenburg Civic Centre only started well after 4pm – over seven hours after the scheduled 9am start time. Delegates chanted in the conference hall to pass the time but later sat quietly before leaving for lunch.
Mahumapelo also suggested that delegates consider renaming the Bojanala region after former deputy health minister Molefi Sefularo to honour him for the role he had played. He also called for the North West to be renamed after struggle stalwart Moses Kotane. He further urged delegates to consider pronouncing on an uncontested top six position for the ANC leadership at its December elective conference in Johannesburg.
Presenting the political report, Jeanette Dibetso, a member of the regional task team established to lead Bojanala after regional executive members resigned en masse, said the region had the potential to grow the ANC. She said they managed to rebuild branches in the region and resolved conflicts and divisions at branch level.
The Bojanala region consist of five sub-regions, namely Moretele, Madibeng, Kgetleng, Moses Kotane, and Rustenburg. The conference which ran into the night on Sunday, was expected to elect new regional leaders. The Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) and the South African Communist Party in the province were both absent from the conference.