Disgruntled Free State African National Congress (ANC) members are heading back to court. They’re challenging the party’s decision to convene provincial elective conference.
Concerned members say the ANC has failed to resolve disputes at 84 branches. They want the outcomes of the elective conference be declared null and void.
Disgruntled Free State ANC members have boycotted the provincial elective conference. They are mostly supporting ANC presidential hopeful Cyril Ramaphosa to be the next ANC president.
In a letter written to ANC lawyers, aggrieved members have challenged the legality of the Provincial General Council (PGC).
The PGC has endorsed ANC MP Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma for ANC presidency.
They also claim that some of the delegates at the provincial elective conference were nominated from illegal branch general meetings.
They allege that the outcomes of some of the branch general meetings were pre-determined. As a result of that, disgruntled ANC members intend to file papers with the high court on Monday.
Monnapule Ntamo spokesperson of Aggrieved ANC members says, “As the consequence of all these deliberate irregularities it is our considered view that the provincial conference planned for the weekend of 10 December 2017 is unlikely to be fair, procedural as the strict requirements of credentials is in question already. There are still branches and comrades who lodged formal appeals with the office of the secretary-general who are still waiting to be heard. The level of arrogance by the number of the rec and PEC members in the free state has translated into intimidation, manipulation, threatening credibility of ANC nomination for the national conference.”
The ANC says everything was done above board and are undeterred by a looming court action.
It will be the fifth time that the ANC in the Free State is taken to court by unhappy members.
Meanwhile, current Free State ANC deputy chair has raised his hand to challenge his long-time ally and longest-serving chair Ace Magashule for that position.