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Mabuyane welcomes court ruling on ANC EC outcome, says it's time to move on

In a unanimous judgment, a full bench of the High Court in Grahamstown dismissed the case and ordered the applicants to pay the legal cost of the litigation.

FILE: ANC Eastern Cape Chairperson Oscar Mabuyane. Picture: @ANCECape/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - Newly elected African National Congress (ANC) leaders in the Eastern Cape have emerged victorious after an attempt to nullify their election was dismissed by a High Court.

The conference held in October was marred by violence when a fight broke out between competing factions.

Several ANC members aligned with the Eastern Cape premier and former provincial chairperson Phumulo Masualle turned to the courts to nullify the outcomes of the conference, but they found out on Tuesday that their bid was unsuccessful.

Oscar Mabuyane who replaced Masualle as chairperson has welcomed the court's decision, saying it's time to move on now.

“Now I think it’s high time that we move forward and allow the members of the ANC to unite and isolate bad elements who are only thriving in the ANC through anarchy.”

Masualle has been unavailable for comment this afternoon.

In a unanimous judgment, a full bench of the High Court in Grahamstown dismissed the case and ordered the applicants to pay the legal cost of the litigation.

The ruling comes just days before the party's national conference in which delegates from the different provinces will vote to elect the ANC's national office bearers.