ANC slams court action over lists

2011-03-16 08:16
Johannesburg - Attempts to prevent the ANC from submitting its candidate lists for the upcoming local government elections in time will fail, spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said on Tuesday.

This came after members of the ANC took the party to court to halt its list process, arguing that it was illegitimate in the Buffalo City and Alfred Nzo regions.

"Any attempts of not having the ANC submitting candidates for these two regions to the IEC will not succeed," he said.

The ANC has instructed its lawyers to respond.

"We will be contesting in a court of law those who have taken us to court and made unfounded statements to the effect that our list conferences in the Buffalo City and Alfred Nzo region were illegitimate," he said.

The party's leadership has condemned those who resorted to court action without exhausting internal processes first.

'Personal and other reasons'

Mthembu said the ANC believed those who brought the application were driven by "personal and other reasons".

"The headquarters of the ANC, working together with our province of the Eastern Cape as well as the two regions and our branches there, have already instructed our legal team to respond to these cases of litigation from the five people concerned.

"We are confident that even our courts will find in our favour and dismiss all those who not only want to divert ANC internal democratic practices, but also want to create a diversion in the further democratisation of our country," Mthembu said.

Those who ignored internal processes would also be subjected to a disciplinary hearing once the court action concluded, he said.

On Tuesday, the Sowetan reported that court papers were served on the party on Monday and that several branches in the Amathole region were expected to take similar action on Wednesday.

It reported that if the dispute went unresolved, the ANC risked missing the Independent Electoral Commission's deadline of March 25 to submit its nominees.

Mthembu said various branches and regions in the North West also had to finalise their lists.

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