Judgment due in crucial ANC Free State case, on eve of national elective conference

Judgment due in crucial ANC Free State case, on eve of national elective conference

Judgment is expected on Friday afternoon on whether the Free State’s more than 400 delegates will be interdicted from attending the ANC’s national conference.

Four ANC members have taken the provincial executive committee (PEC) to court to have it and the province’s delegates barred from attending the conference.

The highly anticipated conference starts on Saturday. A new president for the party is set to be elected in the coming days, with it mostly being a two-horse race between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

The Free State has put its vote behind Dlamini-Zuma.

Hanno Bekker, attorney for the disgruntled members who are backers of Ramaphosa-aligned former Free State deputy chairman Thabo Manyoni, said judgment would take place at about 2pm on Friday.

The members also want the results of the Free State provincial conference declared null, void, unlawful and unconstitutional.

They asked that the respondents, which include all of the PEC members in the province who were on the PEC before the new leadership was elected, be declared in contempt of court, and that they should show cause within 20 days of granting the order, why they should not be imprisoned for being in contempt of court.

Bekker said the applicants had abandoned the request to have the results and decisions of the provincial general council declared unlawful and unconstitutional, as it would have no bearing if the outcome of the provincial conference was set aside, since there would be no leadership in the province to implement the decisions and results if their prayer was granted.

Source: Business Live