ANC to defend FS elective conference against court action

Disgruntled party members are heading to the Bloemfontein High Court on Tuesday to challenge the gathering which re-elected Ace Magashule as provincial chair last night.

Chairperson Ace Magashule addresses delegates at the Free State ANC elective conference on 10 December 2017. Picture: Clement Manyathela/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) says it will defend the Free State elective conference against any court action to avoid disputes in the province spilling over to the national gathering at Nasrec.

Disgruntled party members are heading to the Bloemfontein High Court on Tuesday to challenge the gathering which re-elected Ace Magashule as provincial chair last night.

The members accuse the provincial party of failing to comply with a court ruling ordering it to re-run general meetings in 29 branches before the conference could be held.

The Free State ANC went to great lengths to run the elective conference carefully to cover their tracks should there be court action challenging the gathering.

They even separated delegates from the 29 branches in question during voting time.

NEC member David Mahlobo says: “We don’t want anything to impact the most important work of the ANC, which is the 54th national conference starting on 16 December.”

Provincial secretary William Bulwane says their attendance at the national conference this weekend can’t be interrupted.

"We are not ending here, our final destination is Nasrec."

But this will depend on the outcome of the court case this week.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)