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Free State PEC disbanded

Delegates from the Free State were registering for the Mangaung conference.

Delegates from the Free State were registering for the Mangaung conference.

MANGAUNG - It was confirmed on Saturday that the African National Congress' (ANC) National Executive Committee had formally disbanded the Free State ANC's Provincial Executive Committee (PEC).

But Free State officials said ANC delegates from that province were still registering for the Mangaung conference.

The ANC's NEC has now formally disbanded the Free State PEC, meaning that it appeared to be complying with Friday's Constitutional Court ruling.

That judgment said all the decisions taken at the Free State ANC's June conference were null and void.

But the NEC appeared to be interpreting this judgment to mean that delegates elected at branch general meetings in the province can still attend the conference.

This is a boost for President Jacob Zuma, as the province appears to back him.

Meanwhile, the Progressive Business Forum (PBF) said its gala dinner in Mangaung on Saturday night is its largest fund raising initiative yet.

The dinner hosted by the PBF, will take place on the eve of the ANC's elective conference.

Organiser's have been unable to confirm reports that a seat next to President Jacob Zuma at the dinner costs R50,000.

"They range, because getting a table was of package," said the PBF'S Renier Schoeman.

"So if you bought a R250,000 package you would automatically get a table."

Schoeman said the event attracts influential business people.

"It's always a very high standard.

"People travel from all over the country; in fact, we have a whole component of international guests from America, the UK and so on.

"So, the standard is inevitable and very significant."