- The ANC's Limpopo chair, Stan Mathabatha, says unity, hard work and teamwork have seen the party enjoying renewed success in the province
- Mathabatha insists this is a massive improvement from the party he inherited a decade ago
- The province now boasts the second-highest number of ANC members nationally
ANC provincial chairperson Stan Mathabatha has lauded unity, hard work and teamwork as the three driving forces behind the party's success in Limpopo.
Speaking during the ruling party's birthday celebrations at Lebaka Stadium on Sunday, Mathabatha commented:
“About 10 years ago when I took over the reins, the party was divided. Factional politics and protracted infighting were the order of the day. But through unity, hard work and teamwork, the organisation is currently intact. This is because most of us breathe and speak the ANC because, through it, the future looks good."
The Citizen reports that Deputy President David Mabuza had called for unity within the divided party during the same celebrations three years earlier and Mathabatha says he took the hint:
“Since then, we launched an aggressive recruitment where we worked together to get the party where it is today,” he said, contradicting media reports that claimed the sudden rapid increase of membership was due to two bigwigs and not teamwork.
The province now boasts 234 663 members, according to the latest audit results. But the celebrations took place under the dark cloud of tragedy.
Briefly.co.za reported that a bus carrying supporters to the festivities had overturned during an accident, resulting in the death of six citizens, including the driver.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula had sent the families of those who perished his condolences, saying that an investigation would probe what caused the incident.
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