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#ANC54: KZN, FS and Bojanala branches will not vote

16 December, 2017, 15:53 | Author: John Swanson
  • Siphiwe Sibeko  Reuters                       ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe

In the case of KwaZulu Natal, the Pietermaritzburg's court decided that the 27 members of the ANC executive cannot participate in the meeting tomorrow, while the Bloemfontein's court invalided the results of the provincial conference of Free State, which reelected Ace Magashule as president.

It warned the embattled Free State executive committee that should they participate in voting and "contaminate" the national conference, they would approach the courts.

He said the NEC decided the provincial executive committees (PECs) of KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State would not be allowed to vote on any matter.

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Bojanala, the biggest region in the North-West, was firmly behind presidential candidate Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

The conference will now get under way at the Nasrec exhibition center in Johannesburg at 2 p.m., Gwede Mantashe, the ANC's outgoing secretary-general, told reporters. The ruling declared null and void the reelection of Ace Magashule as provincial chairperson.

"The decision taken there is that the Free State, KZN and Bojanala [region in the North West], all the structures that are nullified will not be voting delegates at conference", Mantashe said. "Why is the courts making these judgments on the eve of conference. In addition to this, upon realising that there was some dissatisfaction, several meetings were initiated with the applicants and they chose not to cooperate", he said.

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The court ruling did not affect the rights of delegates who have been elected at properly constituted branch general meetings to serve as delegates at any conference of the ANC.

All affected PEC members and delegates will still be allowed to participate in other aspects of the conference, including commissions to discuss policy positions.

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