Free State ANC conference on track

2013-05-09 21:06
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Welkom - Most of the Free State’s ANC branches will attend the re-run of the party’s provincial conference in Welkom this weekend, a party official said on Thursday.

"We have reached the 70% [threshold], we have reached more than 70% to convene," provincial task team (PTT) member Mathabo Leeto said in Welkom.

He declined to give the precise number of Free State ANC branches that would attend.

The conference is being re-run after six local ANC members successfully challenged the legality of the previous Free State leadership after last year's conference.

The group succeeded in getting the Constitutional Court to declare the provincial executive committee's (PEC) decisions and resolutions unlawful and invalid, because the ANC had not addressed certain irregularities about the 2012 provincial elective conference.

As a result, the PEC was dissolved.

National executive committee (NEC) member Lindiwe Zulu said the question of branches would be dealt with at the conference.

"The report of the provincial task team clearly indicates those that qualify or not, and the reasons for that."

Zulu said delegates would want to know what was done before the conference, because they wanted to be comfortable that due processes had been followed.

Organising the event

In re-organising the conference the ANC's constitution was closely adhered to.

The brief of NEC members present was to help organise the event.

"We left no loopholes to be taken to court again."

A committee was established to look at all queries during the re-run process.

The NEC delegates developed a road-map ahead of the conference, which was postponed twice, to deal with queries.

"Even this week they listened to queries. You cannot forever listen to queries. The NEC deployees have done their work," Zulu said.

Leeto said some branches that were excluded from last year's illegal provincial conference would be part of the weekend conference.

"Credentials are discussed by conference and specific branches cannot be named now."

Preparing the branches

The party would not answer questions on whether any of the six members, who took the party to court would be part of the conference.

Zulu said the PTT and the NEC deployees had done everything possible to prepare branches, sub-regions, and regions for the conference.

"All requirements for the province to go to a conference are in place."

Delegates were expected to start registering on Friday.

Nominations from branches for the new PEC would be compiled by the electoral commission on Friday.

The election of a new ANC Free State party leadership would start after the adoption of conference credentials on Saturday.

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