South African ANC officials discuss issue of delegates barred from leadership conference

Carla Harmon
December 16, 2017

Mantashe told the media at a hastily arranged press conference that Kwazulu-Natal, Free State and Bojanala region in North West have been barred from voting at the governing party's national conference. Affected branches in Bojanala, North West, would suffer the same fate.

Mantashe said the affected delegates will be treated as guests to the conference.

About 100 delegates are affected.

Most of the disqualified delegates support Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to take over as the party's leader, and the exclusion from the vote is a blow to her hopes of succeeding her ex-husband President Jacob Zuma.

The KwaZulu-Natal High Court in Pietermaritzburg granted an enforcement order to bring into immediate effect its September decision to dissolve the 27-member KwaZulu-Natal PEC, which was found to have been irregularly elected at the province's 2015 conference.

The outgoing secretary-general announced that the conference would start five hours later than scheduled - at 2pm.

The same PEC was, however, appointed as the Provincial Task Team, in charge of re-convening the provincial conference.

Seegobin also granted the PEC leave to petition the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court.

Delegates chant slogans as they arrive for the 54th National Conference of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa December 16, 2017.

On the same day‚ the Bloemfontein High Court ruled that the ANC Free State provincial conference held earlier this week was invalid.

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