ANC Conference – Delegates from various branches in the Bojanala region as well as provincial executive committee members from KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) and the Free State have been barred from voting in the party’s ongoing national elective conference.
An announcement notifying them of this decision was made this morning by outgoing ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, who clarified that this is because their legitimacy was nullified by the recent rulings by the High Court.
Nevertheless, Mantashe said that delegates from these affected regions can attend the conference but as observers. Speaking at a media briefing after a special National Executive Committee meeting that was convened earlier, the SG added that the affected delegates can as well participate in other activities.
“We don’t want to do anything that will contaminate this conference. We have decided that Free State, KZN and Bojanala will not be voting at the conference.
“All branches of affected parties will not vote. We will not even allow coded ballots. We will give them an ear as observers,” he said.
On Friday, we reported that some disgruntled ANC members in the North West won their court challenge to have the Bojanala regional conference nullified while the High Court in Pietermaritzburg, on the same day, upheld its decision to have the provincial general council meeting in 2015 declared null and void.
These court losses are widely seen as a major blow to the former African Union (AU) chairperson and ANC Presidential frontrunner Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who had been endorsed by Bojanala – the biggest region in the North-West with a total of 538 delegates.
Following the ruling party’s decision to adhere to the high court rulings, concerned South Africans have praised them for respecting the rule of law.
Meanwhile, registration is still underway at the conference centre while the conference is expected to start at 2:00 pm due to some unavoidable delays.