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Ace Magashule stays on as ANC Chairperson in Free State

Ace Magashule stays on as ANC Chairperson in Free State

Ace Magashule has been re-elected as the Chairperson of the ANC in the Free State, extending his 23-year reign in the province Magashule, who is also Free State Premier, received 209 nominations from delegates in attendance, while his former deputy Thabo Manyoni only managed 25 nods. Manyoni, who boycotted the provincial congress, declined his nomination over the phone. “As the former Secretary of the provincial executive committee (PEC), I only received comrade Manyoni’s apology through the media,” said re-elected Secretary William Bulwane. Magashule’s deputy Paseka Nompondo, who was the Mangaung regional Chairperson was uncontested, along with the Deputy General-Secretary Mamiki Qabathe, while two other candidates who were nominated to contest […]

Ace defiant amid threats

Ace defiant amid threats

THE Free State ANC PEC led by Ace Magashule remained defiant yesterday in the face of legal threats to nullify the province’s ongoing provincial conference in Parys. A faction led by deputy provincial chairperson Thabo Manyoni was expected to file court papers yesterday as part of their attempt to scupper the provincial conference. The disgruntled group was also seeking an arrest warrant for Magashule. However, provincial spokesperson Thabo Meeko said that he was not aware of this move and was not expecting anyone to be arrested. By the close of business yesterday, the expected court action failed to materialise with the Magashule-led PEC calling Manyoni’s bluff and proceeding with the […]

FREE STATE ANC BACK IN COURT!

FREE STATE ANC BACK IN COURT!

Lawyers for disgruntled ANC members have brought yet another court application in the Free State have approached the court to stop the province’s delegates from participating in the national elective congress this weekend. They also seek to nullify the provincial congress which is currently underway. Last week the High Court in Bloemfontein ruled that the provincial conference couldn’t take place until 29 branch general meetings had been rerun. On Sunday ANC Free State chairperson Ace Magashule, who is likely to be elected to the position again, said the provincial executive had complied with the court order. However, attorney Hanno Bekker, who represents the disgruntled members, said on Monday: “There were […]

ANC faces 5 court battles just days before conference

ANC faces 5 court battles just days before conference

JOHANNESBURG – With just five days left before the ANC’s critical elective conference kicks off, a range of legal challenges continue to haunt the party’s preparations. Five provincial conferences are being challenged in court by warring factions. A party at war with itself politically, the ANC now finds its problems compounded as legal warfare between party members hobbles pre-conference proceedings in five provinces. KwaZulu-Natal, the party’s biggest province, had its 2015 provincial conference nullified by the High Court in Pietermaritzburg in September. Regions in the North West are also engaged in legal battles and an application has been lodged to nullify the Northern Cape’s provincial conference. Political analyst Karima Brown […]

Conference will go ahead, despite court challenge – Free State ANC

Conference will go ahead, despite court challenge – Free State ANC

The ANC in the Free State has dismissed the threat of yet another court battle over the legitimacy of its provincial congress, and says it will push on with its second day of conference. Hanno Bekker, an attorney acting on behalf of disgruntled members of the party, said around 32% of the province’s branches are seeking to have the 8th provincial congress nullified due to a failure to comply with a court ruling. Last week, the High Court in Bloemfontein ruled that the provincial congress could not go ahead until it had rerun 29 branch general meetings. The ANC in the province insists it has done so, but Bekker said […]

‘Free State delegates will not attend conference’

‘Free State delegates will not attend conference’

The lawyer representing disgruntled African National Congress (ANC) members in the Free State, Hanno Bekker, believes the fresh allegations of misconduct by officials will prevent delegates from the province attending the national conference in Johannesburg. Bekker, who claims to represents a third of the unhappy ANC members, says they will return to the Bloemfontein High Court on Tuesday. “The court order of 29 November was blatantly disregarded in as much as it indicated the relevant Branch General Meetings had to be properly rerun in a constitutional manner, prior to the provincial conference proceeding. “We have however obtained information that even though some of the branches have been rerun, it has […]

Application brought to prevent ANC Free State delegates from attending national conference

Application brought to prevent ANC Free State delegates from attending national conference

Lawyers for disgruntled African National Congress (ANC) members have brought yet another court application – this time seeking to both nullify the provincial congress which is currently underway and to stop the province’s delegates from participating in the national elective congress taking place this weekend. Last week the High Court in Bloemfontein ruled that the provincial conference couldn’t take place until 29 Branch General Meetings had been re-run. On Sunday ANC Free State chairperson Ace Magashule, who is likely to be elected to the position again, said the provincial executive had complied with the court order. However, attorney Hanno Bekker, representing the disgruntled members, said on Monday: “There were 29 […]

Application brought to prevent ANC Free State delegates from attending national conference

Application brought to prevent ANC Free State delegates from attending national conference

ANC Free State to hold provincial congress next week, after BGM court ruling ANC Free State elective conference can’t go ahead – court ANC Free State holds ‘surprise’ provincial general council Bloemfontein – Lawyers for disgruntled ANC members have brought yet another court application – this time seeking to both nullify the provincial congress which is currently under way and to stop the province’s delegates from participating in the national elective congress this weekend. Last week the High Court in Bloemfontein ruled that the provincial conference couldn’t take place until 29 branch general meetings had been rerun. On Sunday ANC Free State chairperson Ace Magashule, who is likely to be […]

Nog ’n hofaansoek oor Vrystaatse ANC-konferensie

Nog ’n hofaansoek oor Vrystaatse ANC-konferensie

Regsverteenwoordigers wat namens ontevrede ANC-lede in die Vrystaat optree, het nog ’n hofaansoek gebring: die keer om die provinsiale konferensie wat tans aan die gang is nietig te laat verklaar, en om te keer dat die provinsie se afgevaardigdes aan die nasionale ANC-verkiesingskonferensie deelneem wat die komende naweek plaasvind. Die hooggeregshof in Bloemfontein het verlede week beslis dat die provinsiale konferensie eers mag plaasvind nadat 29 takke ’n tweede ronde algemene vergaderings gehou het. Ace Magashule, voorsitter van die ANC in die Vrystaat, wat na verwagting weer tot hierdie pos verkies sal word, het Sondag gesê die provinsiale uitvoerende komitee het aan die hofbevel voldoen. Hanno Bekker, wat die ontevrede […]

Vrystaatse ANC gemaan: Kry jul huis in orde

Vrystaatse ANC gemaan: Kry jul huis in orde

Ernstige waarskuwing word in ’n prokureursbrief aan die Vrystaatse ANC op die vooraand van hul verkiesingskonferensie eerskomende Sondag gerig dat hulle die kongres liefs nie moet hou voordat hul huis in orde is nie. ’n Dringende aansoek om die tweedaagse konferensie in Parys te verbied, of ’n aansoek vroeg volgende week om die besluite wat daarop geneem is, nietig te laat verklaar, kan deur die ANC verwag word, skryf Hanno Bekker van Bekker-prokureurs in Bloemfontein aan die ANC se prokureurs. Bekker is een van die opdraggewende prokureurs van 26 ondersteuners van die Cyril Ramaphosa-faksie wat reeds ’n verklarende bevel in die Vrystaatse hooggeregshof gekry het dat 29 afgelope takvergaderings van […]