ANC hijacked mayoral soccer event to campaign, feast – opposition parties

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A cash-strapped Limpopo municipality has been accused of turning a mayoral soccer tournament into an ANC rally to garner support for the party ahead of the May 8 polls.

Mayor for the Greater Letaba Municipality, Peter Matlou, has also been accused by opposition parties of spending nearly R500,000 to buy food and booze to entertain ANC bigwigs at the event’s afterparty. Those who attended the jamboree after the mayoral cup event said guests were served steak, chicken and boerewors, washed down with expensive whiskies and vodka.

Less expensive drinks such as beer and ciders were served to journalists and musicians who were also present. ANC members were in the majority at the event, wearing party regalia and singing protest songs and dancing.

They also chanted freedom slogans. The event was attended by, among others, Mopani ANC regional chairperson and Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality mayor Pule Shai, Greater Tzaneen Municipality mayor Maripe Mangena, mayor for the Maruleng Local Municipality Dipuo Thobejane and chief director for the department of sport, art and culture in Mopani, Mabakane Mangena.

Matlou, who is also Mopani acting regional secretary in Limpopo, is alleged to have hired expensive artists such as King Monada, CK and Janisto.

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