Court case could taint Mangaung election

A court challenge by the North West ANC could taint the eventual outcome of votes in Mangaung.

Jacob Zuma Kgalema Motlanthe. Picture: SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - It has emerged North West ANC provincial secretary Kabelo Mataboge is the first respondent in a legal challenge brought against the party, by delegates claiming the provincial conference must be held again.

They said their application could mean the North West province of the ANC could not be allowed to participate in the upcoming Mangaung conference.

Mataboge claimed after the provincial conference that he had been locked in a room and was not allowed to take part in the voting process.

But he has been named as the first respondent because he is the official custodian of the voting process in the North West ANC.

The delegates are thought to be supporters of change within the ANC, and claim that the conference was manipulated to deny them a voice.

It is understood that while this challenge will not prevent the ANC's conference from going ahead on Sunday, if the North West delegation does take part, it could taint the eventual outcome of votes for the ANC presidency.

The ANC will discuss policies and elect its top six leaders at its four-day-long conference which takes place from 16-22 December.