Magashule sure of retaining Free State ANC leadership

Ace Magashule pre-empted the outcome of this elective conference when he told delegates that he and other PEC leaders would be re-elected.

Free State ANC chairperson Ace Magashule. Picture: @ANCFS/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) chairperson in the Free State, Ace Magashule, has told delegates at the provincial elective conference that he will be re-elected uncontested, continuing his reign as the ANC’s longest serving provincial leader.

Magashule’s deputy Thabo Manyoni, who boycotted the gathering, is expected to be replaced.

The Free State conference was delayed for almost 10 hours on Sunday due to the registration of delegates.

The party was meant to hold this gathering last month but the Bloemfontein High Court ordered that it could not go ahead until 29 branches in four regions had rerun their branch general meetings constitutionally.

Magashule, who has been ANC chairperson since 1992, pre-empted the outcome of this elective conference when he told delegates that he and other PEC leaders would be re-elected.

“There’s no contest, there’s leadership here. I’m definitely sure it will come uncontested.”

He told delegates that he never campaigned to retain his position as ANC Chair, taking an indirect swipe at Manyoni who previously announced he would challenge Magashule at the conference.

But Magashule is expected to abandon his position if presidential candidate Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma emerges victorious at this weekend’s national conference as he would take over from Gwede Mantashe as secretary-general.