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FS & NW threaten ANC with interdict

Disgruntled ANC members have threatened to launch an interdict which prevents the conference from continuing.

Senior ANC member Ace Magashule. Picture: SAPA

MANGAUNG - A letter has been sent to the senior leadership of the ANC threatening to launch an interdict against the conference from continuing and have its decisions invalidated.

The letter, sent on behalf of Free State and North West dissidents opposing President Jacob Zuma, refers to court rulings in the provinces.

Lawyers have threatened that if the ANC fails to exclude the entire Free State delegation from participating and remove former Free State PEC chair Ace Magashule from a provincial task team, they will resort to court action.

The 20-member task team was appointed by the ANC on an interim basis to run the Free State ANC, but it appears many members were part of the committee declared unlawful by the Constitutional Court last week.

The ANC national executive committee (NEC) on Saturday decided at the weekend to bar the unlawful Free State PEC from participating in the conference.

But party secretary general Gwede Mantashe said PEC members attending the conference in a different capacity, such as NEC member Magashule, would be allowed to participate.

Disgruntled members accused the ANC of being in contempt of court by allowing Free State delegates to continue participating in the conference.

They gave the party until Tuesday afternoon to overturn its decision to let 324 delegates participate in the conference.

Constitutional Court applicants alleged register rigging and intimidation by PEC members and said that had affected the legitimacy of voting processes.

The court will on Tuesday give reasons for its judgement.

At the same time, a court application to have the North West gathering nullified and interdict delegates from attending the Mangaung conference was dismissed last week, but the North West High Court ordered the national conference to deal with the issue.

Meanwhile, Magashule said the ruling party must implement its policy on members who take the party to court.

While a Free State delegate said despite the drama around the province's delegation to the Mangaung conference, their allegiances were clear.

"We have got full rights of being here as Free State members and we're not even perturbed.

"We are still walking tall and we are still saying we're going to vote for Zuma."

The Free State and five other provinces had nominated Zuma for a second term as ANC president, while the North West and two other provinces nominated deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe.

The two are set to battle it out for the ANC presidency and most likely the country after the 2014 presidential elections.