ANC provincial leadership still unresolved

2012-12-13 14:17
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Johannesburg - Just three days before the African National Congress elective conference in Mangaung, the leadership of at least two provinces was still being challenged in court by disgruntled party members.

The North West High Court in Mahikeng will on Friday hear an application brought by a group of ANC members who want the court to issue an order interdicting the province's delegates to Mangaung.

At least 700 ANC members are part of the application to declare the provincial nomination process null and void.

They allege the voting process was rigged and the nominations conference was marred by chaos and intimidation.

Free State PEC challenged

The Constitutional Court is yet to deliver judgment on an appeal by six Free State ANC members.

They challenged the validity of the party's provincial executive committee (PEC) in court last month.
The appeal was brought by Mpho Ramakatsa and five others, who want the PEC dissolved.

They claimed the election process at branch level, where it was decided who would go to the provincial conference to vote on the new PEC, was "tainted" with irregularities.

The court heard allegations of "parallel branches" being formed, gangsterism and criminal activities to fund the parallel branches, and irregularities in branch audits and attendance registers.

The six asked the court to declare what had happened in the Free State unlawful and void, and that the PEC be replaced by an interim structure.

Credentials ‘generally difficult’

Complaints about delegate credentials could result in delays to the start of the conference, or even its collapse, Business Day newspaper reported on Thursday.

Credentials were "generally difficult," ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe told the newspaper.

When asked by the daily whether the disputes could delay the conference, Mantashe said he did not know, as credentials were the "most difficult items" in many conferences.

Political analyst and deputy vice-chancellor at the University of Johannesburg Adam Habib said credentials were a big issue for Mangaung.

"Credentials are a big concern and can bring the legitimacy of a conference and its delegation into question," he said.

The same problem of credentials came up during the Polokwane conference in 2007.

"The party leadership might come up with a political solution to the problem... credentials are a contestation [in] themselves."

- SAPA

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