Court challenge to Ace NO MANDATE: PEC MAY BE UNABLE TO VOTE AT DECEMBER CONFERENCE PLOTTING. Free State Premier Ace Magashule and his executive committee failed to hold a provincial elective conference. Picture: Gallo Images 4 DlaminiZuma dealt a blow as Free State misses its registration deadline.
Eric Naki The bid by Nkosazana DlaminiZuma to become the next ANC president has been dealt a severe blow with her potential voting powerhouse, Free State, now in danger of being unable to attend the party elective national conference in December. President Jacob Zuma’s Free State strongman, Ace Magashule, and his entire provincial executive committee PEC are being challenged in court for overstaying their welcome as leaders in the province. Saturday Citizen yesterday obtained a lawyer’s letter to this effect.
The letter, from Bekker Attorneys, represents ANC member LS Mifi and states that the grace period by which a new provincial elective conference should have been held in the province expired on August n. In the light of the recent pronouncement by ANC secretarygeneral Gwede Mantashe that the party would not allow elective provincial conferences beyond today, Free State was out. This meant that its PEC may not have a duly authorised mandate to vote in the ANC’s December conference to pick new party leaders, including a new president. DlaminiZuma relied heavily on support from Free State, KwaZuluNatal and North West for her fortunes against her contender, Cyril Ramaphosa, at the December conference.
Free State is the second DlaminiZum asupporting province to have its legitimacy questioned. Its fate came on the heels of a high court ruling declaring the 2015 KwaZuluNatal ANC conference unlawful and null and void, which implied that the province’s PEC was illegitimate and unlawfully elected. However, KwaZuluNatal ANC will appeal the ruling, which might give them leeway to remain in power while the appeal is being processed. But this may also be challenged by their opponents, who support former premier Senzo Mchunu and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Now Magashule, who has reigned in the province for a decade, is said to be panicking as he fears that he will lose power if Ramaphosa wins in December. He and his PEC are allegedly plotting to use dirty tricks to outmanoeuvre their opponents. The provincial leadership plans to hold an elective provincial conference in November in defiance of a Luthuli House decision as they fear being disbanded under Ramaphosa.
As a result, they allegedly hatched a plan to control the province by unleashing state apparatus on their opponents to frustrate the Ramaphosa campaign and win branch and provincial elections at all costs. It is said the PEC realised that DlaminiZuma was likely be beaten by Ramaphosa at the poll. It is believed that Magashule is not prepared to lose control of Free State to the Ramaphosa camp. “They are sceptical of the outcomes of the national conference. “If CR [Ramaphosa] emerges, they may be dissolved and lose control of the provincial conference,” a source close to the situation said. email@example.com Delay as province works to ensure credible process
The ANC’s Eastern Cape provincial conference got off to a slow start yesterday as efforts were made to ensure the credibility of the process. The provincial leadership was locked in a meeting with ANC national executive committee NEC member Zizi Kodwa, which according to outgoing provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane, was to ensure the cred ibility of the process. “The meeting was to make sure we adhere to the ANC constitution.” ANC provincial chairman Phumulo Masualle said although the party had done everything to ensure smooth proceedings, there would be members who would be unhappy about the processes leading up to the provincial conference. The party said it had taken precautions after what happened in KwaZuluNatal, where the results from a previous elective conference was recently annulled by a high court ruling. It wanted to prevent a similar occurrence at the Eastern Cape provincial congress. Kodwa, who was representing the ANC NEC, said the national leadership was satisfied with what the Eastern Cape had done up to this point. “This is not an elective conference but a provincial conference, election is one item on a programme. This conference must continue to restore confidence of our people to the ANC and it must inspire hope in our people.” However, delays saw the scheduled media briefing taking place four hours behind schedule.
Source: Saturday Citizen (Johannesburg Edition)