ANC outgoing General Secretary Gwede Mantashe, walks in the main conference hall of the NASREC Expo Centre in Johannesburg. Picture: Wikus De Wet/AFP

Johannesburg - ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe says all the branch structures that have been nullified by High Court judgments will not be allowed to vote at the party's national conference that starts on Saturday. 

The ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC) held a special meeting on Saturday morning to deal with the court judgments that were handed down in the Free State, KwaZulu-Natal and the North West. 

Mantashe said the NEC decided to exclude the structures because it wanted to avoid "contaminating" the conference by not abiding with the court orders issued on Friday. 

"The decisions made there are that the Free State, KZN and Bojanala, all the structures that are nullified will not be voting at the conference. They are not going to be delegates to conference, and we are not going to try any idea that will contaminate the conference," Mantashe said.

"We will not even allow them to vote with a different colour code. We will keep them as observers and invitees to conference because they are here already. They can participate in discussions but we will not allow them to vote on any matter."

In the Free State 14 branches were barred by the court from taking part in the conference along with the province's 27 member provincial executive committee - which was elected last week at a conference that has now been found to be unlawful. 

In KwaZulu-Natal the province's PEC was also barred from voting while a court appeal on the legitimacy of the party's 2015 conference is being appealed. 

A similar ruling was also issued in the North West, where some structures will not be participating in the conference. 

Delegates have started streaming into Nasrec in Soweto where the ANC's elective conference is scheduled to take place. 

Saturday morning's proceedings have been marred by delays, the conference was scheduled to start at 9am with out going ANC President Jacob Zuma giving the opening address. 

Mantashe said the conference would only begin at 2pm as some delegates were still being registered. 

The nomination and election of leaders is expected to take place later on Saturday. 

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