Just a few days ahead of the African National Congress December Elective Conference, disgruntled Free State members headed to the Bloemfontein High Court on Tuesday, to challenge the re-election of Ace Magashula as the provincial chairperson.
The group has accused the provincial party of failing to comply with a court ruling ordering it to re-run general meetings in 29 branches before the conference.
Eyewitness News reporter Clement Manyathela says the group wants the court to question the legitimacy of the elective conference that was held at the weekend.
These branches are arguing that the Free State PEC did not comply with the court order, meaning they still allowed some of the members from those branches that were supposed to re-run and reconvene, to attend the elective conference.— Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter
They want the court to interdict most of the delegates from attending the National Elective Conference, that could be a blow for both Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa.— Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter
Meanwhile, the High Court sitting in Grahamstown has dismissed a bid by another group disgruntled ANC members to nullify the Eastern Cape ANC provincial elective conference.
It's good news for Cyril Ramaphosa but it is also good news for the ANC because it means minus one problem - because you still have about four or five provinces that are taking the party to court, so there are still pending legal matters.— Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter
Matthews Phosa's campaign coordinator, Ronnie Malomane says they have met with the African National Congress to resolve Phosa's plans to challenge the outcome of Mpumalanga's Provincial General Council (PGC).
We did have a meeting with the ANC advocates as well as our advocates, looking at a mechanism to resolve this matter before we go to court.— Ronnie Malomane, Matthews Phosa's campaign coordinator
The ANC agrees that these are matters that will be resolved in the conference over this weekend. There will be a task team which is from the national office. The NEC will establish a task team which will go to Mpumalanga to investigate all those problems which are being encountered by those branches.— Ronnie Malomane, Matthews Phosa's campaign coordinator
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