Some provinces locked in litigation ahead of ANC elective conference

The ANC in the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal have yet to resolve their conflicts before the high-stakes national conference.

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JOHANNESBURG - With just three days to go until the African National Congress (ANC) meets to decide on new leadership, some provinces remain locked in litigation, with concerns that this could hinder the national conference.

On Tuesday, the High Court in Grahamstown dismissed a bid to nullify the Eastern Cape’s provincial congress.

At the same time, the party's national executive committee appears to be dealing with the Mpumalanga ANC’s decision to vote for a “unity” candidate.

The ANC in the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal have yet to resolve their conflicts before the high-stakes national conference.

Ace Magashule was re-elected chairperson of the ANC in the free state despite internal battles.

A dispute over whether at least two dozen branch meetings were properly constituted is expected to be heard in the High Court in Bloemfontein this week.

The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal is also seeking to appeal a ruling over the legitimacy of its provincial conference.

Regions in the North West are also at loggerheads while the Northern Cape has also seen its fair share of legal woes.


The issue of ‘unity’ votes in Mpumalanga now looks set to be discussed at the ANC's national conference this weekend.

ANC presidential hopeful Mathews Phosa had challenged the outcome of Mpumalanga’s provincial general council, with the matter being taken to the High Court.

However, Phosa's campaign coordinator Ronnie Malomane says a meeting was held with the ANC where it was recognised that there may have been voting irregularities and the matter will be discussed.

“The ANC agrees that these are matters which will be solved at the conference.”

He says all outstanding issues will be investigated.

“The two parties agreed that there will be a task team from the national office; the NEC will establish a task team which will go to Mpumalanga to investigate all those problems.”

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Delegates to the conference are expected to back a full review of the way municipalities are funded, amid increasing concern that the current system is unsustainable.

It's among the issues flagged by the party’s legislature and governance sub-committee for debate when delegates break away to discuss policy.

ANC NEC member Crispian Olver says it is an issue of concern to many delegates.

“That’s something I think is quite close to a lot of people’s hearts at the conference. Just in doing that relook, we are very mindful of the amount that municipalities owe, particularly to water boards, Eskom and other utilities, as well as the huge amounts that households and businesses owe to government.”

Ways of improving the ability of the state to implement its policies, the governance of state-owned entities and weaknesses in the party's cadre development policy will also be discussed.

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