Courts can't say who goes to Mangaung - Mantashe

ANC’s Gwede Mantashe says courts can’t dictate who can be at the Mangaung conference.

ANC’s Gwede Mantashe said courts can’t dictate who can be at the Mangaung conference this Sunday. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

MANGAUNG - The African National Congress (ANC) on Friday said South African courts do not have the power to determine who can and cannot attend its national conference in Manguang.

Earlier, the Constitutional Court ruled that the Free State's provincial conference in June was unlawful.

Six disgruntled members approached the court to challenge the legality of that conference, saying the provincial branch was involved in criminal activities, among other things.

The court set aside the elective conference and its resolutions in a majority ruling handed down by deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke.

Moseneke said: "The provincial elective conference of the Free State province of the African National Congress, held at Parys on 21-23 June 2012, and its decisions and resolutions are declared unlawful and invalid."

Questions were asked about the state of the delegates from the Free State and how many of them would be able to take part in the Mangaung conference which kicks off on Sunday.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said they would use the judgment as a guideline when determining its processes in future.

"I don't think there will be any court that will say we should be at the conference of the ANC. No court can say that. Every delegate, even when we repeat the provincial conference of the ANC, people will be nominated by collation of branch general meetings."

The ANC's elective conference will kick start on Sunday at the University of the Free State.