An ANC supporter holds a flag of the ANC while the President Jacob Zuma addresses ANC Gauteng Cadre Assembly in Pretoria. Picture: Phill Magakoe

Johannesburg - The Free State African National Congress provincial conference will start on Friday.

The event was scheduled to run from Friday to Sunday in Parys in the northern Free State, provincial ANC spokesperson William Bulwana said on Wednesday.

This would happen despite two of the five provincial regions not having held their regional conferences yet.

The provincial conference had been postponed three times since last month. The two regional conferences that did take place - at Fezile Dabi and Lejweleputswa - were held amid claims that structures were being manipulated.

ANC members from the Free State protested outside party headquarters Luthuli House in Johannesburg earlier this month, urging party leaders to solve grievances in their province.

Free State ANC chairperson Ace Magashule was expected to be challenged for the post by former economic development MEC and party treasurer Mxolisi Dukwana. Dukwana was fired from the provincial executive in a provincial cabinet reshuffle in February. - Sapa