Constitutional Court next step for angry ANCYL members

2015-09-09 16:30
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Johannesburg - A group of North West African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) members who tried to interdict the organisation's national congress will take the matter to the Constitutional Court.

One of the members, Thabo Molamo, told News24 the group had beefed up its senior legal counsel and were getting advice from a number of top legal minds in the country.

"We were advised not to waste time, because wasting more time might discredit the sense of urgency," he said.

"We must go before the end of this week. We are ready. South Africa is waiting for true liberation."

The group approached the court on Thursday, a day before the congress started, in a bid to stop it from going ahead.

The group - Molamu, Mbuyisela Booi, Gontse Maruping and Papa Jood - alleged there were unresolved disputes relating to the exclusion of delegates.

The run-up to the national congress was marred by claims of irregular auditing processes and allegations of interference from top structures within the ruling party.

However, Pretoria High Court judge Moses Mavundla dismissed the application and ruled it was not urgent.

Following the court matter, the ANC said it would take action against the group which in all likelihood could be expelled from the party.

ANCYL convenor and sport and recreation minister Fikile Mbalula and co-ordinator Nathi Mthethwa said the members would "face the wrath" of the party.

In likelihood the group would be expelled from the ANC.

Molamo said this went against the ANC and  even the country's constitution.

"If you say people must not go to court, they will be expelled, you are contradicting the constitution of the country which gives provision to members of society, regardless of where they belong, to approach courts," he said.

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