ANC 2017 Elective Conference

ANC Free State leader confesses to past vote-rigging, had his Damascus moment

The Bloemfontein high court has ruled that the Free State ANC's provincial conference and the decisions taken there are unlawful and void.

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.

ANC Free State deputy chair, Thabo Manyoni, explains that he says the court ruling as a victory.

Yes, of course it is a victory, but it is very unfortunate for the ANC to be taken to court by its own members.

Thabo Manyoni, ANC Free State deputy chair

He says, unfortunately, if the ANC cannot resolve its own internal matters, then the courts need to be used to intervene.

Manyoni agrees that these court rulings do pose a risk of legal challenges to the conference voting outcomes.

There is also a risk of further manipulation of processes even there at the National Conference. But it is up to branch members to be 100% vigilant during these processes.

Thabo Manyoni, ANC Free State deputy chair

He says all South Africans have an interest in this conference, whether ANC members or not.

And it is up to us that we don't disappoint, by doing the right things at the conference.

Thabo Manyoni, ANC Free State deputy chair

Bongani asked if, as Ace Magashula's deputy, he takes some responsibility for the ANC getting to this point, and he acknowledged this to be valid.

I think everybody has their moment of Damascus....there comes a time when you realise that you cannot go on supporting wrong things forever. You take a stand.

Thabo Manyoni, ANC Free State deputy chair

Bongani asked what 'wrong things' he was involved in and now regrets?

Processes of rigging, like has been happening, and I realised I can't carry on in this manner..

Thabo Manyoni, ANC Free State deputy chair

As part of the Free State ANC leadership, Manyoni admits to being part of vote-rigging in the past.

I have been part of it in the past and I can't deny it.

Thabo Manyoni, ANC Free State deputy chair

He says the court outcomes today are an indication of how rife vote-rigging in the ANC is.

Listen to this frank interview below:


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