High Court to deliver verdict on ANC Free State impasse

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A court battle between two ANC factions in the Free State is expected to end when the High Court in Bloemfontein delivers its verdict at midday on Thursday.

A group of 26 members argue that the Free State ANC provincial conference will be fatally flawed if it goes ahead in Parys over the weekend.

The disgruntled group contend that there were widespread irregularities at branch general meetings to nominate delegates as pro-Ramaphosa supporters were excluded.

The ANC’s Free State PEC last night endorsed Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma to become party president.

Adv. Dali Mpofu has bemoaned what he termed the prevailing climate of fear often characterised by violence at ANC meetings in the Free State – and that police have often been called to defuse tensions at BGMs.

Mpofu has further argued that the current PEC has no authority to convene an elective conference because their term in office lapsed six months ago but the ANC hit back, saying the applicants have waited for six months before seeking a court relief.

The party said it was bound by a court order to convene its elective conference. Counsel for the ANC Adv. William Mokhari conceded that it was only 29 of the 309 Free State ANC branches whose status was shrouded in controversy.