ANC to hold appeal hearings

2009-06-19 21:29

Cape Town - The ANC's national disciplinary committee of appeal (NDCA) will conduct a number of appeal hearings in Bisho, Eastern Cape, this weekend, the party said on Friday.

The cases involved ANC members and councillors who were earlier dismissed by the ANC's disciplinary committee, spokesperson Jessie Duarte said.

The ANC constitution stated that "a decision of a disciplinary committee only takes effect once the internal appeal procedures and remedies provided for in terms of Rule 25 have been exhausted", she said.

Any person found guilty during a disciplinary proceeding, or the complainant, had the right, within 14 days from the date of sentencing, to appeal against the conviction or sentence, to the next highest body of the ANC.

"A member is only entitled to one appeal to such next highest body, whose decision shall, subject to paragraph (b), be final and binding, provided that the NDCA may, upon application to it and if it deems it necessary, grant a further appeal to be heard."

A statement would be issued at the finalisation of these proceedings, Duarte said.