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Free State ANC enter civil war, as branches slam party for “illegal” PEC

Free State ANC enter civil war, as branches slam party for “illegal” PEC

Of course, we knew there would be drama before the 54th ANC Elective Conference got underway. But Free State is going to war with itself, with branches accusing their local representatives of being ‘in contempt of court’. The feud has been brewing for a while, as numerous branches have objected to the length of time it has taken for a Provincial Elective Conference (PEC) to be organised. Sound confusing? That’s because it is. Why are Free State ANC in contempt of court? Thankfully, Hanno Bekker has helped us summarise what the main issues are. He’s the lead attorney representing the 26 clients who feel that last weekend’s PEC should not […]

ANC Free State PEC, several branches barred from attending elective conference

ANC Free State PEC, several branches barred from attending elective conference

The High Court in Bloemfontein has barred several Free State branches from attending the national elective conference after the court nullified the party’s provincial conference. The High Court also ruled that the elective conference in Free State and its resolutions are unlawful and void. This means that the provincial executive committee (PEC) that was elected at that conference would not be able to attend the national conference in that capacity. The court has however allowed branches whose meetings were not in dispute to attend the conference. The court has effectively ordered that 14 branches and 27 PEC members will not be allowed to vote at the national conference on Saturday. […]

Mixed emotions at the outcome of #FSANC ruling

Mixed emotions at the outcome of #FSANC ruling

The Free State High Court ruling in favour of nullifying the recent ANC Provincial elective conference, has been met with mixed emotions. Attorney for the applicants, Hanno Bekker says the judgment delivered by the full bench of judges is one with a victory for both sides. The Provincial Elective Conference was declared illegal and its outcomes – which includes the newly elected Provincial Executive Committee – have been declared null and void. The application to have ALL the ANC delegates from the Free State barred from the national conference which is set to kick off tomorrow, has, however, been dismissed. Delegates from 14 of the unlawfully rerun Branch General Meetings […]

Judgment in #ANCvsANC to be heard today

Judgment in #ANCvsANC to be heard today

The Free State High Court will be handing down its judgment on #ANCvsANC today at 14:00. This comes after the opposing parties delivered their arguments in front of a full bench yesterday. Dali Mpofu, representing the applicants, argued that this past weekend’s ANC Provincial Elective Conference was unlawful, because the party did not adhere to the November 29th High Court ruling, which determined that 28 – not 29 – Branch General Meetings (BGMs) had to be rerun in a lawful manner per the ANC constitution. Mpofu argued that the ANC leadership in the Free State was therefore in contempt of court and the outcome of the conference should be nullified. […]

Judgment due in crucial ANC Free State case, on eve of national elective conference

Judgment due in crucial ANC Free State case, on eve of national elective conference

Judgment is expected on Friday afternoon on whether the Free State’s more than 400 delegates will be interdicted from attending the ANC’s national conference. Four ANC members have taken the provincial executive committee (PEC) to court to have it and the province’s delegates barred from attending the conference. The highly anticipated conference starts on Saturday. A new president for the party is set to be elected in the coming days, with it mostly being a two-horse race between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. The Free State has put its vote behind Dlamini-Zuma. Hanno Bekker, attorney for the disgruntled members who are backers of Ramaphosa-aligned former Free State deputy […]

ANC vs ANC back in court today

ANC vs ANC back in court today

The ANC in the Free State is back in court today, after an application was lodged by disgruntled ANC members to nullify the outcomes of the Provincial Elective Conference which took place this past Sunday and Monday. It was at this conference in Parys that Free State Premier Ace Magashule secured another term as Chairperson of the ANC in the province – a position he has occupied since 1994. OFM news spoke to an attorney for the applicants, Hanno Bekker, earlier this week and he said his clients also intended on applying to nullify the ‘surprise’ Provincial General Council (PGC) meeting that took place two weeks ago, where presidential hopeful […]

Dissident FS ANC members in court bid to nullify provincial conference

Dissident FS ANC members in court bid to nullify provincial conference

Dissident ANC members in the Free State will attempt to block the province from sending delegates to the party’s national elective conference in the Bloemfontein High Court on Thursday. They accuse the party’s provincial leadership of blatantly ignoring the Free State High Court’s ruling on 29 November, 2017 that biennial and branch general meetings conducted between August and November were irregular, unlawful, unconstitutional and/or in breach of the ANC constitution. The Free State’s last Provincial Conference was held on 11 May, 2013. The ANC constitution’s rule 17.2.1 requires provincial conferences to be held every four years, with a grace period of 90 days allowed. By holding the conference in December, and not […]

Ace en VS se PUK-lede moet tuisbly, gaan hof hoor

Ace en VS se PUK-lede moet tuisbly, gaan hof hoor

Al die lede van die ANC in die Vrystaat se provinsiale uitvoerende komitee (PUK), insluitend die premier, Ace Magashule, moet aan minagting van die hof skuldig bevind en moontlik in die tronk gegooi word, word in die nuutste hofaansoek van ontevrede ANC-lede gevra. Hulle vra ook dat al die Vrystaatse tak-afgevaardigdes en die oud- en nuutverkose PUK-lede na die 54ste nasionale konferensie eerskomende naweek in Johannesburg deur die hof verbied moet word om dit by te woon en om daaraan deel te neem. Vier ondersteuners van Cyril Ramaphosa in die komende leiersverkiesing van die ANC vra die hooggeregshof in Bloemfontein in ’n dringende aansoek Donderdag om te verklaar dat al […]

Members of Free State ANC file urgent court application over conference

Members of Free State ANC file urgent court application over conference

On Tuesday, four disgruntled members of the ANC in the Free State filed an urgent court application to have the results of the party’s provincial conference, held earlier this week, set aside. The applicants have also asked the High Court in Bloemfontein to interdict delegates from the province from attending the ANC’s national conference, which is due to elect President Jacob Zuma’s successor. The four members have asked the court to hear the matter on an urgent basis on Thursday morning. This follows a High Court order that declared 29 branch general meetings (BGMs) unconstitutional and which also interdicted the provincial conference from taking place. However, the provincial executive committee […]

Mahlobo slams ‘nefarious’ intentions as Magashule is elected unopposed

Mahlobo slams ‘nefarious’ intentions as Magashule is elected unopposed

ANC National Executive Member (NEC) member David Mahlobo says they have confidence in the newly-elected leadership in the Free State, lamenting disgruntled members who took the organization to court. On Monday, the ANC in the province re-elected Ace Magashule as its chairperson. Magashule, who’s also the province’s premier, was elected unopposed after his former deputy Thabo Manyoni boycotted the provincial congress. Paseka Nompondo was elected deputy chairperson, William Bulwane appointed as provincial secretary, deputized by Mamiki Qabathe. Mineral Resources Minister Mosebezi Zwane has be elected as Treasurer. The conference was over shadowed by a cloud as the Bloemfontein High Court, last week, ruled that it could not take place until […]