Thabo Mothibi, Managing Editor, firstname.lastname@example.org
All attention will be on the Northern Cape High Court for its verdict into a bid lodged to have the province’s ANC List Conference stopped.
Judgement was reserved as acting judge Willem Coetzee declared that legal representatives shall be informed of the resumption of proceedings this week.
In being optimistic of a favourable outcome, ANC Northern Cape chairperson Zamani Saul maintained that the matter before court was “frivolous and meritless” and that the party is forging ahead with preparations for conference set for this Sunday, 11 December in Upington.
Equally hopeful and cautiously optimistic was Eric Khotseng, a representative of a group of five that has taken the ANC to court over the legitimacy of its provincial leadership and the processes leading to the list conference.
“For us it is not a win-lose situation, at the very least this should be a wake up call for the ANC that something is terribly wrong. If this legal process along with others across the country, can at least make the ANC conscious of its obligation to right itself, then we would have won. The cost would not matter if that can be achieved,” declared Khotseng.
Meanwhile, interviews of candidates on the province-to-province list and province-to-national have unfolded. The conference is also expected to declare Cyril Ramaphosa as its preferred candidate for president after next year’s general election. With utter bravery and conviction, the Northern Cape was the first province to throw its weight behind Ramaphosa’s party presidential bid in the run-up to the watershed national conference of last year December.
By Thabo Mothibi
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Thabo Mothibi is a former broadcast journalist (TV and Radio) – with specialist reporting experience; SABC Political/Parliamentary and TRC Teams over a period of five years (1995 to 2000).
One key foreign assignment - is the 11-nation African Connection Rally – overland journey from Africa’s northern-most pole in the coastal Tunisian city of Bizerte to the southern-most pole in South Africa’s Cape Agulhas. From the journalistic years, Thabo then delved into Government media liaison and serving two former Ministers and three MECs. He became the Northern Cape Provincial Government’s first department based Communications Director at Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development - 2008-2010 – where he also served as Head of Ministry from 2003 – 2008.
As a former anti-apartheid activist, his political background and professional training aided him in spearheading the Northern Cape ANC’s 2004 National Elections media and publicity campaign and that of the 2006 Local Government Elections.
Whilst based in Waterkloof in Pretoria -2010 to end 2011, he consulted for Manstrat Agricultural Intelligence, then returned to the Northern Cape in 2012 to date, to consult independently and pursue other entrepreneurial interests in media and communications through KwaVuko Communications and Marketing.
Thabo Mothibi obtained his NQF7 through Wits University’s Graduate School of Public and Development Management (P&DM) in Johannesburg, a Unilever Mandela Rhodes Academy for Marketing and Communications Academy (UMRA). The goal of the NQF7 programme was to educate and train public and private sector professional communicators and marketers in government communications..