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ANC FS: Court ruling will have no bearing on general council

The Free State ANC presiding over this provincial general council may be declared null and void by the court on Wednesday, opening the door for the legitimacy of this gathering to be contested.

Premier of the Free State Ace Magashule addresses the ANC provincial general council on 28 November 2017. Picture: Twitter/@ANCFS.

PARYS - The African National Congress (ANC) in the Free State says Wednesday's court ruling on the legitimacy of the provincial party's leadership has no bearing on the general council being held on Tuesday.

The provincial party is holding the council which will consolidate branch nominations for the national leadership.

Some members of the party approached the Bloemfontein High Court to have the leadership dissolved and chairperson Ace Magashule removed.

They argued that the Provincial Executive Committee's term in office has expired.

The Free State ANC presiding over this provincial general council may be declared null and void by the court on Wednesday, opening the door for the legitimacy of this gathering to be contested.

The provincial party has already been ordered to hold its elective conference this weekend since its leadership’s mandate expired earlier this year.

Free State ANC spokesperson Thabo Meeko said: “We don’t think the court would have a bearing to the PGC.”

This general council is expected to nominate Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma as its preferred candidate for ANC president.

Meanwhile, Magashule has told delegates at the council not to concern themselves about the absence of his deputy Thabo Manyoni.

“Don’t worry about Manyoni, he’s my brother and he sits in the PEC; we talk in the PEC and we’re united.”

It's understood Manyoni and other branches in support of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa boycotted the gathering.

Magashule and Manyoni have been at odds with each other, with the ANC deputy chair agreeing with NEC member Fikile Mbalula that Magashule would destroy the ANC if he became secretary-general.