The Free State ANC Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) – led by Chairperson Dr Ace Magashule – is left with two days to either disband the structure or face court action.
A disgruntled ANC member in the Free State has given the party structure until Sunday to disband the PEC‚ failing which he will approach the High Court.
Lefa Mifi sent a letter to Magashule calling the PEC an illegitimate structure and vowing to take legal action if the PEC is not disbanded by Sunday.
In a letter drafted on 28 September, through Bekker Attorneys‚ Mifi states that the current term of the PEC should have lapsed on August 11.
“Considering the 90-day grace period that is allowed‚ it should have been held by no later than 11 August 2017. However‚ as at the date of the writing of this letter‚ it has not yet been held‚” the letter reads.
But party provincial spokesperson Thabo Meeko says that will not happen.
He told Public Eye on Wednesday that the PEC lead the party to the provincial conference scheduled for November this year despite threats of court action from unhappy members.
“Look… the PEC has been working hard in preparations to convene the provincial conference for so long, but was delayed by the national office during the audit process.
“Now that everything is in place and the province is ready to hold its elective congress, people want to jump to courts for disbandment?… It can’t be,” said Meeko.
“We are going to hold the (provincial) conference in November and everyone who feels aggrieved by the decision should raise the matter through proper channels within the organisation”.
However, this is despite the ANC’s Secretary General Gwede Mantashe’s internal memo issued on 5 September to regional and provincial structures – whose mandates are due to expire – to halt their conferences till next near. The move was aimed at shifting the party’s focus to its national elective conference to be held in Johannesburg in December.
Mantashe’s decision comes amid concern that ongoing legal battles and looming factionalism could jeopardise the national elective conference.
But Meeko said: “We have already requested the national [sic] to exempt us because our term is due and we are confident that national will grant us”.