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FS ANC accuse court of delaying tactics

Free State ANC members who took the branch to court say officials are delaying proceedings.

An ANC flag is held up by members. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - A group of Free State ANC members taking the provincial party to court over the results of its June congress on Friday said officials were trying to delay the final hearing in their case.

On Thursday, the Bloemfontein High Court delayed an application by the Free State ANC to throw out their plea.

The six ANC members said party officials ensured that delegates favouring Free State leader Ace Magashule were sent to the gathering.

That claim has been denied by both President Jacob Zuma and ANC national secretary general Gwede Mantashe.

Mpho Ramakatsa, an applicant in the case, said: "Our believe is that they want to drag the matter to ensure that it is heard after the ANC's national [elective conference in December]."

Zuma and his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe are anticipated to go head-to-head for the top job at the much-awaited conference.