ANC refutes 'delegate substitution' claims

The ANC says it is impossible for anyone to forcibly substitute delegates at provincial conferences.

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa pictured on 14 September 2012. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC has angrily denied claims that Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa forcibly substituted delegates at the party's North West conference, saying it is "impossible".

The Star newspaper on Wednesday reported that North West ANC provincial secretary Kabelo Mataboge said national ANC leaders hijacked the conference which decided to back President Jacob Zuma to lead the party.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu is adamant Mataboge's claims are simply wrong.

"I have, in my authority that the delegates were signed off by the provincial secretary, comrade Kabelo Mataboge."

And he said delegates could not be substituted at provincial conferences to rig elections.

"I would not agree with any notion which says anybody, including Nathi Mthethwa, was able to get other people who were not necessarily delegates, to the conference of the North West. It's just impossible."

The North West ANC has been split into two opposing factions for several years.