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Johannesburg - A group of about 25 people claiming to be members of the ANC branches in the North West Province on Wednesday held a protest outside the party headquarters - Luthuli House - where they broke into song and dance for several hours.  

Asked what the protest was about a protester who did not want to be named said: "For the past two days we've been running after the Provincial Task Team [PTT] trying to find an amicable solution as part of the internal dispute resolution mechanisms of the ANC."

He said the protest was an effort to "try and verify a few things" because the party has a constitutional obligation to comply with the wishes of 70% of its branches.

The disgruntled member, referring to the violent confrontations that broke out at the list conference venue of the ANC in the North West on Monday is accusing the PTT of manipulating the list and fixing branch representation.

Branches from the ANC in the North West protest outside Luthuli House. PHOTO: Tamaryn Africa / African News Agency (ANA)

"It cannot continue before verification has been concluded and it seems as though the PTT that was tasked with the responsibility to go and unify the province ... is doing the exact opposite," he said.

He said not only are the PTT members seeing fragmentation among themselves but the Tripartite Alliance partners which are the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the South African Communist Party (SACP). 

"The disbanded PEC was even better than this PTT," said the disgruntled member.

"These people have flouted the processes, they did not follow the constitution and they did not even follow the guidelines." 

The ANC could not be reached for comment at the time of publication.

African News Agency (ANA)