N. West ANC branches try to block delegation

2012-12-12 00:00

DISGRUNTLED ANC North West branches have filed an urgent interdict in court to stop the province’s 234 delegates from attending the ANC’s Mangaung elective conference, the Mail and Guardian (M&G) reported yesterday.

The case is expected to be heard on Friday, on the eve of the conference, which is set to start on Sunday, December 16. According to the M&G, the case could not be heard urgently yesterday because of a lack of response from the ANC and the fact that the party was not represented in court.

Dali Mpofu is the senior council for the disgruntled group. He had previously represented the Free State ANC members who had gone to court to declare their provincial elective conference invalid.

The North West nomination conference was mired in controversy and failed to get off the ground in at least three attempts.

Warring factions initially held meetings in separate venues and when they came together there were physical fights. Provincial secretary Kabelo Mataboge, behind Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe for president, survived an assassination attempt.

The conference was eventually held and the nominations favoured President Jacob Zuma as party leader. Motlanthe supporters accused Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa of strong-arming the conference. Mthethwa was at the venue as a representative of the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC).

The M&G reports that the court application is supported by about 700 branch members from all four regions of the province who are claiming that the province’s nomination was flawed. They believe, therefore, that a delegation from the province should not be attending the national conference.

The 234 delegates who were chosen to go are believed to be Zuma supporters.

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