By Blessing Mabunda
Giyani- Nkuri born musician, Eric Nkovani, well-known as Papa Penny Ahee says the reason that he is all out challenging the African National Congress (ANC) Limpopo chairperson and Limpopo Premier, Chupu Mathabatha is how he was installed as the chairperson and premier of Limpopo.
Nkovani says Mathabatha wasn’t elected fairly. “In his executive there’s none Xitsonga speaking MEC. Since he was installed as a chairperson of the ANC, he sows division within the people of Limpopo. There’s Vatsonga, Vhavenda and Bapedi in the province today. Tribalism exits within the ranks in his leadership.
“24 years into democracy, our Uni Gaza college and the parliament were vandalised. Our hospital, Nkhensani isn’t in good condition. Today the patients prefer hospitals in Venda and Tzaneen because of how this man (Mathabatha) reduced our hospital to.” claimed Papa Penny.
“It’s not all about us (Vatsonga) but this province should be united. The time is now to have a premier who isn’t Sepedi speaking person. It can be Tshivenda speaking person, but not Sepedi speaking person after 24 years of democracy”.
Our efforts to verify if MEC Joyce Mashamba is the only Xitsonga speaking person in Mathabatha’s executive were fruitless.
Nkovani says he is tired of living in an area split by inequality and tribalism. Papa Penny, who is a Councillor in Greater Giyani Municipality (GGM) added that he is canvassing for support from local ANC branches to challenge Mathabatha.
“I am waiting for the next meeting of Councillors for my name to be nominated for the position”.
The 9th Provincial Conference of the ANC in Limpopo is scheduled to take place from 22 to 24 June 2018 at the Ranch Hotel, Polokwane.
Although the veteran disco king is confident of victory‚ he said that he was not interested in forming a breakaway party if he does not win.
“I am not an opposition. I am an ANC member and will always be one. I just believe that more must be done for the people in Limpopo. I am the perfect person because I am clean.”