Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha. Picture Supplied
Johannesburg -  An urgent court application by four branches of the ANC in Limpopo to interdict their party's ongoing provincial elective conference has been dismissed.

The applicants, led by Molemo Nong argued in the High Court in Joburg on Saturday afternoon that the conference was unlawful and unconstitutional. According to the Nong, the term of office of the ANC leadership under Stan Mathabatha - who is also Premier of the Limpopo - expired on February 14, 2018.

They argued that it was unlawful for the ANC national executive committee (NEC), to allow the same "unlawful and bogus provincial executive committee"  to run the provincial elective conference.

But, Advocate William Mokhari SC, acting for the ANC, said the four ANC branches has failed to establish grounds for making an urgent application to stop the conference as prescribed by uniformed rules of the court.

According to Mokhari, Nong and co-applicants had failed to demonstrate that the outcome of the conference, would severely prejudice them. He said all the applicants could challenge the ANC NEC decision in a normal court, and if successful, challenge the outcome of the conference.

Judge Nana Makubele, who presided in the matter agreed, the struck the application off the roll. 

The applicants have vowed to file papers in court next week hoping for the matter to be set down before the end of the week. 

Political Bureau