Magashule: Free State ANC respects court ruling

Free State Premier Ace Magashule says delegates have been allowed to be at the party's national conference as observers and are happy with this.

ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule. Picture: @ANCFS/Twitter

SOWETO - Free State Premier Ace Magashule says his province respects the rule of law and will abide by the Bloemfontein High Court ruling that declared its provincial conference and resolutions unlawful and void.

The court made its decision on Friday on the eve of the African National Congress's (ANC) elective conference.

Magashule was speaking at University of Johannesburg Soweto campus on Saturday.

He says he was there to make sure that members of the ANC in the Free State who had been barred from voting by this court ruling were not on the list of delegates accredited to vote at Nasrec.

“The court in the Free State has identified 14 branches which are not supposed to be part of the voting delegates and we’re abiding by the court decision. We have always respected the decisions of the courts.”

Magashule says delegates have been allowed to be at the conference as observers and are happy with this.

“We’re not outside, we’re inside because some of us are branch delegates. Some of the PEC members may participate, but not vote. So, there’s no difference, we’re there.”

Friday’s ruling barred the delegates of 14 affected branches from attending the conference.

Earlier, outgoing secretary general Gwede Mantashe announced they would be allowed to attend but not to vote.

(Edited by Winnie Theletsane)