The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union’s (AMCU) Limpopo East Region recently held its fourth Regional Elective Congress to elect a new Regional leadership.

General Secretary Jeff Mphahlele officially opened the congress. In his opening, Mphahlele said the purpose of a Regional Elective Congress is to have a regional structure that will take care of AMCU members in the region for the next four years. While addressing delegates, Mphahlele outlined AMCU’s constitution to familiarize delegates of what was expected of them and what AMCU’s policy requires as far as electing new regional leadership is concerned. Mphahlele said if the region is failing, its not the National office that is failing, it is that region. “We need to elect people who will perform and serve the interests of AMCU not their individual needs,”said Mphahlele.

During his address, National Organiser Dumisani Nkalitshana said whoever gets the position, it is not about himself but rather about AMCU as a whole and nothing else. “This is the union that is for all AMCU members and does not support tribalism. We need to be very careful not to adopt any of the tendencies of the other unions. No matter the language you speak, as long as you are a member of AMCU, you have the right to be elected,”said Nkalitshana. Nkalitshana also urged delegates to elect more women into regional leadership positions. “This is not a boys club and we need more women in the leadership positions,” he said.

Mphahlele further explained what the AMCU policy and constitution says regarding electing Regional Leadership. “The purpose of policy in any organisation is to outline how the organisation functions and what is expected from each member. We create policy because we want direction and the policy works in line with the constitution. When we have disagreements, we refer to policy and our constitution. Our election process is guided by the constitution and policy,” he explained.

Before the voting started, a representative from the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) outlined how the voting process will be conducted. EISA presided over the election process and explained the voting and the nomination processes before handing over to the delegates in attendance to nominate their candidates.

The newly elected AMCU Limpopo East Regional office bearers are:

• Regional Chairperson: Solly Lebogang Moagi
• Deputy Chairperson: Jezzy Strydom
• Regional Secretary: Steve Mabuza
• Deputy Secretary: Josias Masebe
• Chairperson Health and Safety: Gideon Tshehla
• Treasurer: Boitumelo Mogajane
• Chairperson Education Desk: Trinity Morete

Also in attendance was National Treasurer Jimmy Gama who urged the newly elected leaders to go out there and serve the region with distinction because they have been entrusted by AMCU members to work for them.