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High court ruling stopping interim ANC leaders from voting could affect Free State and Western Cape

The long-delayed ANC provincial conference in North West was scheduled to proceed yesterday afternoon despite its interim provincial committee (IPC) being stripped of its voting powers.

Obed Bapela, ANC national executive committee (NEC) member and convenor of the party’s NEC deployees in North West, was confident the conference would proceed as planned.

On Friday, North West High Court Judge Frances Snyman granted disgruntled ANC members an interdict to prevent the 22-member IPC from voting during the conference.

Tshepo Bosman, from one of the malcontent branches in Matlosana, approached the court to intervene, arguing the IPC’s term of office had expired. However, Bapela said the IPC would still be the functional organising body of the conference.

”The only power they will forfeit as a result of the court order is the voting power. However, they will be presenting reports, they will be chairing some of the commissions, and we might even be co-chairing the plenary with them,” he said.

According to Bapela, the IPC had not been interdicted and dissolved by the court.

”The understanding and the collective decision is that the conference is not interdicted, therefore, it will be proceeding. The only affected party in the conference is the IPC members, 22 as cited in the court order, and they will no longer participate as voting delegates. However, they will now participate as non-voting delegates,” he said, adding that only 20 of the 22 IPC members would have voted.

Bapela said the participation of the IPC members in the conference was not in question.

”It’s just the voting that we need to honour and respect the court, because we are a law-abiding organisation. We will observe the ruling to the letter.” He said the ANC went to court on Friday to question the urgency of the application, the jurisdiction of the court and costs.

”The matter is not appealable now. However, we will then be able to look at the other issues guided by legal advice,” said Bapela.

He said the judgment has far-reaching implications for the Free State and the Western Cape, which also have IPCs whose terms have been extended.

Both provinces still have to hold their conferences.

Nearly 780 delegates from 316 branches were expected to elect new officials and members of the provincial executive committee.

North West Premier Bushy Maape, former human settlements MEC and ANC MP Nono Maloyi, former chairperson and former premier Supra Mahumapelo, former Ngaka Modiri Molema District Municipality mayor Themba Gwabeni, economic development MEC Kenetswe Mosenogi and finance MEC Motlalepula Rosho were expected to stand for election as provincial chairperson at the conference.

Source: https://www.news24.com/amp/news24/southafrica/politics/political-parties/high-court-ruling-stopping-interim-anc-leaders-from-voting-could-affect-free-state-western-cape-20220813

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