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Free State ANC ready for conference

The Free State ANC expects the re-run of its conference to run smoothly.

The Free State ANC expects the re-run of its conference to run smoothly. Picture: Supplied

JOHANNESBURG - The leader of the ANC's national task team in the Free State Oupa Khoabane on Thursday said he was confident the province's conference this weekend would be successful and legal.

In 2012, a group of ANC members won a Constitutional Court order, preventing Free State ANC members from voting at the party's Mangaung conference because they had been excluded from the provincial conference.

Khoabane admitted the people who led the 2012 court case against the Free State ANC would not attend the conference.

"We don't invite individuals. We invite structures of the organisation. Branches are invited, those that have qualified to come to the conference, are invited."

He said the branches those members led would not be at the gathering either.

"They did not meet the requirements in their branch general meetings."

However, he was confident the conference would not break any rules and would stand up to further legal challenges.

Delegates will start registering on Friday.

The election of a new ANC Free State party leadership would start after the adoption of conference credentials on Saturday.

In December, the Constitutional Court declared the Free State ANC provincial elective conference unlawful and its contents and decisions invalid, two days ahead of the start of the party's elective conference in Mangaung.

The appeal was brought by six Free State ANC members who wanted the ANC's provincial executive committee dissolved.

The group claimed the provincial conference held in Parys in June was fraudulent because of irregularities, including the participation of delegates who had not been elected at a properly constituted branch general meeting.