FS ANC's provincial conference & decisions declared unlawful, void

That means the provincial executive committee has been disbanded.

FILE: The  ANC conference in the Free State on 11 December 2017. Picture: Clement Manyathela/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Bloemfontein High Court has ruled that the Free State ANC's provincial conference and the decisions taken there are unlawful and void.

That means the provincial executive committee has been disbanded.

As such, the PEC cannot attend the upcoming conference and branches with illegally constituted branch general meetings are also barred.

Dissident members filed an application to interdict the province from sending delegates to the conference - which starts tomorrow.

The Bloemfontein High Court previously ruled that 29 branches in four regions of the Free State were in breach of the ANC’s constitution and ordered that they re-run their branch general meetings before the provincial party could hold its elective conference.

Judge Masemola delivered her ruling: “It’s declared that the provincial conference of the ANC in the Free State province held on 10 and 11 December 2017, and the resolutions and decisions taken at the conference are unlawful and void.”

The provincial party, however, did hold its conference this week and re-elected Ace Magashule as ANC chairperson uncontested.

It claimed that it complied with the court order by making sure the 29 branches hold their meetings again and in accordance with the constitution.