ANC 2017 Elective Conference

#ANC54 for dummies: Understanding the voting delegate numbers

With the ANC's 54th National Conference about to kick off at Nasrec, various court judgments on Friday are declaring a number of regional conferences and BGMs null and void - in KZN, Free State and the North West Province.

What does this mean for the conference and the voting for a new ANC president? There is speculation that these outcomes may see the losers using this as grounds to reject the outcome of the conference.

EWN reporter Clement Manyathela helps us understand the numbers and how it will all play out.

You have here the leadership of KZN and free State - the PEC - that will not be attending the conference as voting delegates.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

They may still be attending as members of their branches, but will not be voting.

The number of voting delegates lost from KZN stands at 27, and similarly 27 voting delegates lost from Free State.

The Bloemfontein high court has ruled that the Free State ANC's provincial conference and the decisions taken there are unlawful and void, reports Manyathela. That means the provincial executive committee has been disbanded.

As such, the PEC cannot attend the upcoming conference and branches with illegally constituted branch general meetings are also barred.

In the North West, the PEC is still going as voting delegates, but you also have about 270 delegates that may potentially not be allowed here, because the court has found the Branch General Meetings in the Bojanala Region's elective conference is now null and void.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

But this does not include 27 delegates, he explains, as the PEC there had already been ratified.

In the Free State, 14 branches were unconstitutionally convened, and the court on Friday found that the delegates coming from those branches, may not take part in the elective conference.

It is unclear how many delegates were going to come from those 14 branches, but some of those are some of the biggest branches in the Free State so it could be a sizable number.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

Manyathela says though ANC national has ratified certain PECs, it might well be used as a legal basis by disgruntled members to challenge the outcome.

The secretary-general has already done the auditing processes, and has given it the green light....and the ANC has done a verification process.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

He says the secretary general may be expected to finalise the verification process today.

Because we are told the numbers may change.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

For example, with the 14 branches from Free State being excluded, the delegate numbers will need to be recalculated, explains Manyathela.

Could disgruntled members of a losing faction try and collapse the conference, asks Bongani?

Manyathela says many of the legal outcomes are likely to affect the Dlamini-Zuma camp and he would not be surprised if that camp reacts.

I would not be surprised of supporters of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma stand up in conference and say, we are not happy with all these court judgments, how about we perhaps delay and reconvene once they are all sorted out the mess that is at the branch level.

Clement Manyathela, EWN reporter

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