ANC Limpopo president not joining MK party

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Limpopo ANC dispels allegations that its president and provincial premier, Chupu Stanley Mathabatha, followed former president Jacob Zuma to join the uMkhonto us Sizwe (MK) to party.

uMkhonto we Sizwe is a Xhosa, Zulu and Ndebele name meaning spear of the nation, abbreviated as (MK). It was a paramilitary branch of the African National Congress (ANC) and was founded by Nelson Mandela following the Sharpeville massacre.

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Mathabatha has since been associated with the party through a poster that circulated around the province and beyond weeks before the ANC’s January 8 anniversary in Mbombela, formerly Nelspruit, last Saturday.

The controversial poster (photos) carries Mathabatha’s photo claiming that the province’s number one has since joined the party and was only waiting for the right moment to speak out about his allergy.

The poster says in part:

“He joined Umkhonto we Sizwe. He’s just waiting for the January 8th party to be over. We don’t even see it on the ground in Mpumalanga. Even in a meeting of provincial presidents with Ramaphosa, he never attended. »

Faced with this, the ANC in the province wasted no time in refuting these allegations. Barely two days after Mbombela, the party issued a statement quashing the allegations, saying they were concocted by people with malicious intentions to tarnish Mathabatha’s political image.

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“The African National Congress in Limpopo became aware of a misleading poster
circulating on social networks, falsely claiming that the provincial president, comrade
Chupu Stanley Mathabatha has joined the MK party,” Limpopo ANC provincial executive committee (PEC) spokesperson Mathole Jimmy Machaka said yesterday.

He continued: “The ANC in Limpopo unequivocally condemns this misleading poster,” he said.

“The poster does not represent the current situation. We reject attempts to associate the provincial president with the MK party. The ANC views this malicious poster as an intentional attempt to cast doubt on the President’s integrity and commitment to unity and renewal of the
the African National Congress. Comrade Chupu Mathabatha remains a loyal member and leader of the ANC, and we urge ANC members and the public not to be misled by this anonymous and baseless poster,” Machaka added.

Attempts to seek comment from Mathabatha on Saturday were unsuccessful as he was reportedly busy with the Makgobaskloof bus crash that claimed the lives of five ANC members on their way to Mbombela.

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