Bloemfontein: On a day of too much anticipation and hours before the start of the ANC’s national elective conference in Nasrec; Johannesburg, the High Court in Bloemfontein has barred several Free State branches from attending the elective conference. This comes after the court nullified the ANC’s Free State provincial conference that was held recently in Parys.
The High Court also ruled that the elective conference in Free State and its resolutions are unlawful and void. The court has however allowed branches whose meetings were not in dispute to attend the conference.
Lawyers for the disgruntled ANC members brought the application forward. They were seeking that the court nullifies both the provincial congress and to stop the province’s delegates from participating in the national elective congress this weekend.
“We are of the view that granting an order of that nature will deny delegates of lawful constituted branch general meetings of the right to participate in the national conference and this will violate their constitutional right,” the judgment read.
The High Court in Bloemfontein in recent weeks ruled that the provincial conference could not take place until the 29 branch general meetings, had been rerun. The ANC in Free State subsequently issued a statement in response to the court. It stated that, the Provincial Executive Committee has re-ordered that the 29 branches, mentioned in the Court ruling of the 29th November 2017, be taken through and observe the guidelines timelines of 7 days.
Last week Sunday, ANC Free State chairperson Ace Magashule, was re-elected as the Chairperson of the Province.