One of the African National Congress (ANC) factions in the Mangaung region holds its elective conference at Imvelo Safari Lodge in Bloemfontein to elect its leadership.
This comes after a failed High Court bid by ANC members who sought an interdict to prevent the party’s Interim Regional Committee (IRC) from holding the conference.
The faction is led by former Free State ANC Deputy Chairperson Thabo Manyoni.
Mangaung Metro councilor, Patrick Monyakoana, has been elected as chairperson. Monyakoane is among 8 Mangaung Metro councilors who were expelled from the Party by the IRC in August. They were found guilty of disobeying organisational codes and defying ousted council whip, Vumile Nikelo.
Monyakoane’s deputy, Monnapule Ntamo – a businessman and former senior government official – was part of the group which spearheaded a court action that resulted in the dissolution of the party’s Provincial Executive Committee which was elected in May 2018.
Representatives of the two warring factions in the trouble-torn Mangaung region as well as the former provincial party treasurer and IPC Convenor, Mxolisi Dukwana, Premier and IPC Deputy Convener, Sisi Ntombela, attended the meeting on Saturday. Dukwana and Ntombela are among those who are vying for the position of the Party’s Provincial Chairperson.