ANC Free State to know conference’s fate

2012-06-19 09:15

ANC members in the Free State should know today whether the party’s provincial conference will go ahead this weekend as planned.

A team deployed by the party’s National Executive Council is scheduled to meet the Free State’s provincial working committee in Parys this afternoon.

ANC provincial spokesperson William Bulwane said the National Working Committee’s team – which includes Justice Minister Jeff Radebe and Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu – was assessing whether the province was ready for its conference.

The conference has been postponed several times because of infighting between two factions: one supports the premier and current provincial chairperson Ace Magashule, and the other backs former MEC Mxolisi Dukwana, who will challenge for the provincial chairmanship at the conference.

Dukwana’s supporters have warned that they will not attend the provincial conference – instead, they say, they will hold their own conference.

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