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ANC court shocker


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The High Court in Polokwane has opened a can of worms with regards to the alleged underhand actions of the leadership of the ANC in the Waterberg and the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC).

Several branch members from the Waterberg ANC successfully interdicted both the region and the PEC, with the court prohibiting the latteer from holding the regional conference scheduled from last Friday, 1 December, to Saturday, 2 December.

In granting the interdict, Acting Judge AJV Sikhwari said the court had found that certain PEC members had changed names of delegates, “lawfully elected by branches”, with the names of their own “preferred” candidates.

The applicants were the ANC’s ward 7 in Mogalakwena, Sarah Monyeki, Erick Moilwe, Albert Malose Matlou, Jan Selolo, Mahlodi Josephina Madiba, Twodays Molele and Samson Meteleni.

The respondents in the matter before the court were the Waterberg ANC regional executive committee,  Luthuli House (ANC headquarters), PEC and ANC NEC convener, the National Assembley lawmaker, Ruth Bhengu.

“The respondents (Waterberg ANC and PEC) are interdicted, restrained and prohibited from preparing and continuing with the conference of the ANC Waterberg region, which conference is to be held on 1st and 2nd December 2017 at Bela-Bela or at any place (or) date,” Acting Judge Judge AJV Sikhwari ruled.

The judge was scathing in her judgement, charging that the conduct of the ANC Waterberg region and the PEC was in violation of the guidelines of the ANC NEC.

“It is also violating the ANC Constitution, consequently it violates the rights of the applicants,” the court ruled.

Acting Judge Sikhwari further ruled that such a conference could only be held pending;

1.  the resolution of credentials for delegates,

2.  auditing and verification of delegates,

3.  resolution of appeals lodged by branches and members, and 

4.  investigation of PEC members who changed the names of delegates, lawfully elected by branches with the names of their preferred candidates.      

The Waterberg ANC regional conference was abandoned over the weekend of Friday, 3 November, following sharp differences with regards to, among others, the authenticity of certain delegates.

The Waterberg ANC had, at the time of going to press, just under a week to respond to the High Court’s ruling ahead of the ANC national elective conference next Friday, 15 December. 

20 months ago       07 December 2017