ANC provincial leadership still unresolved

2012-12-13 14:17
(File, Supplied)

(File, Supplied)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Just three days before the African National Congress elective conference in Mangaung, the leadership of at least two provinces was still being challenged in court by disgruntled party members.

The North West High Court in Mahikeng will on Friday hear an application brought by a group of ANC members who want the court to issue an order interdicting the province's delegates to Mangaung.

At least 700 ANC members are part of the application to declare the provincial nomination process null and void.

They allege the voting process was rigged and the nominations conference was marred by chaos and intimidation.

Free State PEC challenged

The Constitutional Court is yet to deliver judgment on an appeal by six Free State ANC members.

They challenged the validity of the party's provincial executive committee (PEC) in court last month.
The appeal was brought by Mpho Ramakatsa and five others, who want the PEC dissolved.

They claimed the election process at branch level, where it was decided who would go to the provincial conference to vote on the new PEC, was "tainted" with irregularities.

The court heard allegations of "parallel branches" being formed, gangsterism and criminal activities to fund the parallel branches, and irregularities in branch audits and attendance registers.

The six asked the court to declare what had happened in the Free State unlawful and void, and that the PEC be replaced by an interim structure.

Credentials ‘generally difficult’

Complaints about delegate credentials could result in delays to the start of the conference, or even its collapse, Business Day newspaper reported on Thursday.

Credentials were "generally difficult," ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe told the newspaper.

When asked by the daily whether the disputes could delay the conference, Mantashe said he did not know, as credentials were the "most difficult items" in many conferences.

Political analyst and deputy vice-chancellor at the University of Johannesburg Adam Habib said credentials were a big issue for Mangaung.

"Credentials are a big concern and can bring the legitimacy of a conference and its delegation into question," he said.

The same problem of credentials came up during the Polokwane conference in 2007.

"The party leadership might come up with a political solution to the problem... credentials are a contestation [in] themselves."
Read more on:    anc  |  adam habib  |  gwede mantashe  |  politics  |  mangaung 2012

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.