Today is a very proud moment for ActionSA. As an organisation we focussed our contestation on just 6 out of 278 municipalities in South Africa because of the limited time we had to prepare for the 2021 local government elections.
Despite this, we emerged as the 6 th biggest political party in South Africa. This is why ActionSA has set itself the task of establishing a strong ActionSA impact in all nine provinces in South Africa.
Today, we are here on the occasion of the announcement of our Provincial Chairperson of Limpopo. This announcement takes places after the leadership of ActionSA has toured the province to consult our structures about this announcement.
This tour has seen ActionSA in Bela-Bela where we spoke with the forgotten community of Spa Park. We engaged communities in Polokwane and in Seshego where we received an incredible reception in the streets of this community. In Thoyandou we met with members of these areas, with victims of VBS and with students from the University of Venda. In Giyani in the small village of Nkomo, we met a community who have suffered the pains of corruption of national government and can only access the basic human right of water if they buy it. ActionSA met King Letsiri Phaahla yesterday in Go-Phaahla and had the great pleasure of welcoming his joining ActionSA.
It is therefore, with great confidence, that I can say that our announcement today of our Limpopo Provincial Chairperson is met with widespread and enthusiastic support across this province.
Sello Lediga is a candidate that promises to take the incredible work that has been done to establish ActionSA in Limpopo and drive it to new heights.
Sello was born in 1962 in Alexandra and schooled in Tembisa before proceeding to Turfloop, known today as the University of Limpopo. He studied education and became active in student politics within the Azanian Students Organisation (AZASO), before serving as a leader on the SRC. His involvement in organising student protests against Apartheid resulted in his detention in 1985 during which he experienced the brutality and injustice of the Apartheid security apparatus.
Sello proceeded to become a lecturer at the Sekhukhune College of Education where he proceeded to obtain is Honours in History and he is currently studying towards his Masters in history.
In 1990, with the unbanning of the ANC, Sello became a member of the ANC and served on the executive of his branch in Nchabeleng, Sekhukhune led by the ANC stalwart Lawrence Phokanoka. He was appointed by the ANC top 6 in 2013 to form part of a task team to administer the province after Cassel Mathale’s PEC was placed under administration. Sello emerged as the Limpopo Provincial Spokesperson working with Keith Khoza, Jackson Mthembu and Jackson
Mthembu on the National Communications Committee of the ANC.
In 1994 Sello became the Director of Education in the Limpopo and served with distinction under the leadership of Premier Ngoako Ramatlhodi, before leaving to enter business where Sello gained experience in IT, agriculture, consulting and furniture manufacturing.
In 2014 Sello resigned from the ANC. He did so because he could not stomach the manner in which the factionalism, corruption and failed government of the ANC took place at the expense of the residents of Limpopo. In 2015 he published a book, Tenders and the Fall of Limpopo, which exposed the culture of looting in the ANC in Limpopo and how it had destroyed the province.
Sello’s background in the ANC is something that we celebrate in ActionSA. As a party we have demonstrated an unparalleled ability to win support away from the ANC and this is the only way that the ANC can be removed from office. The culture of opposition parties fighting for the same pool of votes cannot advance the project to remove the ANC from government. We welcome supporters of the ANC to join our project to Fix South Africa, our issue does not lie with them but rather their leaders. Leadership like Sello Lediga joining ActionSA is critical to this project of bringing down the ANC and forming a new alternative in South Africa.
Today’s occasion is another milestone in a series of milestone’s for ActionSA. We are emerging as a party with national impact and we are developing structures, wall-to-wall, throughout South Africa that will deliver our 2024 offer to the doorsteps of all South Africans. We continue to build a party that is truly multi-racial, winning support in all communities across South Africa and we can demonstrate how ActionSA is growing rapidly in rural communities just like it is in the cities of our country.
Two years out from the 2024 Elections, I am delighted to say that the people of Limpopo will have, for the first time, a powerful alternative to the continued failure and corruption of the ANC.