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Mmabatho - - The North West High Court on Friday declared the ANC Bojanala regional conference null and void.

The court ruling followed a review application by former Bojanala regional secretary Tokyo Mataboge and 39 others seeking an order to set aside the branch general meeting of 40 branches in Bojanala and nullify the regional conference of September 24, 2017.

They alleged that branches were not constitutionally launched, further more that over 70 signatures at the branch meetings were forged.

The ANC argued that irregularities at branches do not affect the regional conference and that the applicant did not exhaust all internal remedies of the ANC to resolve the dispute.

Advocate Terry Motau, for the applicants, maintained that they lodged the dispute with the ANC national and provincial office in December 2016, and eight months later nothing had been done to resolve their dispute, instead organisational processes were unfolding, including branch general meetings that led to the regional conference.

The majority of branches affected by the  high court ruling were believed to be supporters of Nkosazana Dlamin-Zuma's presidential bid.

The ANC North West filed an appeal against the court ruling.

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ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the Bojanala ruling "will not affect national conference".

Mantashe was briefing the media on the readiness ahead of the ANC's elective conference at Nasrec this weekend.

African News Agency and IOL