Supporters of the Free State African National Congress’ (ANC) Provincial Interim Committee (PIC) say a judicial warfare has been unleashed on the party.

Members marched to the party provincial headquarters in Bloemfontein to pledge their support for the PIC.

They accused ousted Free State ANC deputy chair Thabo Manyoni and former treasurer Mxolisi Dukwana of destabilising the party.

Two weeks ago, supporters of Manyoni also marched, calling for the removal of the PIC.

Over the past year, the Free State ANC has been at war with itself.

Disputes were taken to court which eventually dissolved the leadership. This time around, the bone of contention is on the validity of the PIC to lead the party.

Supporters of the PIC demand action to be taken against Manyoni and Dukwana.

Manyoni and Dukwana form part of the 14-member PIC. But they have publicly proclaimed their displeasure and labelled the PIC factional.

ANC regional spokesperson Mojalefa Buti says:”The Hawks are now being used as machinery or a political tool to antagonise the comrades. They must desist from fighting political battles. The Hawks must stop targeting particular provinces which did not have a particular view at the National Congress. The Hawks must stop targeting our own leaders. They must actually target those who stolen our land.”

The marchers have also declared their support to the party’s NEC and have vowed to stand by secretary general Ace Magashule.

Free State ANC Women’s League Masentle Mogotsi says: “In the Free State for the first time decisions that are taken in the NEC are being disregarded. The interim structure has been put in place by the NEC.”

Cracks in the Free State ANC continue to develop ahead of the provincial elective conference scheduled for this weekend.

Disgruntled party members say the party will not be ready to convene the conference amid unresolved disputes.

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