The leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) in the province is sticking to its guns on the recall of ex-Blouberg Mayor Seriti Sekgoloane, while a reported handful of individuals in party ranks seemingly attempted to hijack the inauguration of his successor last week.
The recall of Sekgoloane and Tlhalefi Mashamaite was announced on 1 June, prior to the ANC in the province introducing Sammy Selamolela and Parks Sebatjane as mayors designate to take over at Blouberg and Mogalakwena Municipalities respectively last Tuesday.
Members of structures affiliated to the ruling party in Blouberg gathered at Frans Mohlala House in Polokwane on Friday for clarity on the matter, displaying pro-Selamolela messages on placards as they reverted to song and dance. “Sammy for mayor”, “Seriti must rot in jail” and “Seriti ke Mr Sports” (when directly translated means Seriti is Mr Sports) counted among those. Before ANC Provincial Chairperson Stan Mathabatha could address them, the crowd responded to slogans like “Away with Seriti, away!” and “Forward with Selamolela, forward!”
Mathabatha sent them off with the message that the leadership of the PEC of the ruling party appreciated the fact that they respected the decision, which had never been changed by the ANC leadership in the province.
Afterwards South African Communist Party (SACP) Blouberg Sub-District Secretary Dan Sematla indicated that the alliance partners in the area awaited the inauguration of the new mayor, but had been informed of allegations of corruption brought against the designate the day prior by individuals he described as political demagogues and tenderpreneurs wanting to delay the process.
In an earlier statement upon the news initially being made public, Sematla on behalf of the SACP in Blouberg Sub-District congratulated and wished well Selamolela on his new appointment. Sematla said they were of the firm view that Selamolela would take undisputed and impeccable experience and capability to provide political leadership in the municipal structure.
He expressed the trust that Selamolela would lead the entire community to function effectively to ensure accelerated service delivery to the working class, the poor and the people served by the municipality as they moved South Africa forward. “We hope that together with other councillors they are capable of leading unified governance that will ensure that it defeats corruption and increase the velocity in delivery of services of our province.”
Referring to political demagogues and tenderpreneurs, he further stated that the SACP condemned in the strongest terms those who calling themselves spokespersons of an individual in the name of their ally, the South African National Civic Organisation (Sanco) to refrain from abusing pensioners and youth, using them as political punching bags. “The majority of them are tenderpreneurs who have benefited in the procurement of the municipality under the administration of the former mayor,” he said. Sematla concluded the statement saying their conduct had “just confirmed to us that they defend their own selfish interest of tenders (rather) than principle(s).”