ANC F State judgement still pending

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iol news pic Ace Magashule INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS Ace Magashule, the chairperson of the Free State ANC. Picture: Timothy Bernard

Bloemfontein -

There was no indication on Wednesday when the Constitutional Court would deliver judgment on an appeal by six Free State ANC members.

They challenged the validity of the party's provincial executive committee (PEC) in court last month.

A court official said on Wednesday it was not known when the judgment would be ready. The appeal was brought by Mpho Ramakatsa and five others, who want the African National Congress's PEC dissolved.

They claimed the election process at branch level, where it was decided who would go to the provincial conference to vote on the new PEC, was “tainted” with irregularities.

The court heard allegations of “parallel branches” being formed, gangsterism and criminal activities to fund the parallel branches, and irregularities with branch audits and attendance registers.

The six asked the court to declare what had happened in the Free State unlawful and void, and that the PEC be replaced by an interim structure.

The ANC denied in court that the group's complaints had been ignored.

Free State premier Ace Magashule and the PEC submitted there was no reason to doubt the bona fides of a national ANC task team eventually sent to the Free State to investigate the complaints.

It was submitted the task team was made up of “very senior and prominent” and “trustworthy” ANC national executive committee members.

The Constitutional Court reserved judgment in the matter on November 29. - Sapa


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