Ponani Makhubele, an ANC member from Limpopo, claims that her name had appeared on the candidates list before mysteriously disappearing. Makhubele has now opted to take the matter to court in an effort to dispute her exclusion.
Ponani Makhubele is adamant that, not only did her name appear on the ANC candidates list, but that she had survived the party's vetting process.
According to News24, the ANC member is now headed to court to contest her exclusion. This reportedly comes at a time when the party is suffering deep divisions over the list, mostly due to the inclusion of controversial individuals.
Makhubele believes that she is the victim of factional battles in her province, adamant to see her fight through to the end.
The former Greater Giyani municipality councillor had led protests demanding the resignations of prominent leaders, Florence Radzilani and Danny Msiza after their implication in the VBS scandal.
Makhubele claims that a factional feud between Provincial Secretary Soviet Lekganyane (who backs President Cyril Ramaphosa) and Deputy-Provincial Secretary Basikopo Makamu (who backs Secretary General Ace Magashule) has had a hand to play in her situation:
“I am a victim of these two factions. I have realised there is a power struggle between them. Neither of them trusts me. They are not sure whether I am with them or not. I am not going to submit to that.”
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The riled member is adamant that the list for Limpopo has been tampered with, claiming that 95% of the original names nominated had been replaced with new ones:
“I have been democratically elected by the branches and the PEC collective as per guidelines. A list which had my name in the top 13 within the 19 names that fall in the reserved list was adopted. While other provinces released outcomes of list conferences, Limpopo did not. Those of us who happen to known saw them by chance and information sharing with other leaders who serve in the provincial working committee. People who did not make it to the list are topping the list.”
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