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Mabuyane: ANC members must rise above petty differences

Oscar Mabuyane says the party must push forward by isolating what he calls its "bad elements" that have been thriving on anarchy.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The head of the African National Congress (ANC) in the Eastern Cape says members need to rise above their "petty" differences, which are making the party look bad ahead of the national conference.

The High Court in Grahamstown dismissed a bid to nullify the Eastern Cape's provincial congress on Tuesday.

It is one of the internal conflicts threatening to hinder this weekend's gathering.

The ANC's Eastern Cape chairperson Oscar Mabuyane says the party must push forward by isolating what he calls its "bad elements" that have been thriving on anarchy.

“We’re still calling members of the ANC to rise above these petty peripheral differences which are really stigmatising ANC in the public eye. So, we want people to come back and really embrace the ANC and move forward.”

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 this week, 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.

On the other side of the country, supporters of presidential hopeful Mathews Phosa withdrew the urgent part of his challenge of the outcomes of Mpumalanga's general council.

Meanwhile, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe says not only will the party hold a successful national elective conference but the party will also hold on to power come 2019.

Mantashe says that they are working hard to ensure that everything is verified and sorted ahead of the conference.

He says some of their decisions at the conference will be based on winning the elections in 2019.

“The ANC will come through this conference a better ANC and it will go ahead and win the election in 2019. We are going into this election with our eyes not on 20 December but with our eyes are on 2019.”