Johannesburg - The High Court in Johannesburg on Wednesday said the decision made by the African National Congress (ANC) to disband the North West provincial executive committee (PEC) was unlawful and unconstitutional.
Former North West ANC chairperson and premier, Supra Mahumapelo and four other officials were challenging the national ANC's decision to disband the PEC.
Judge Fayeeza Kathree-Setiloane ordered that Mahumapelo and his PEC be reinstated within two days of her order and that the ANC should pay the legal costs.
“The decision of the ANC, made on August 31, 2018, to disband the North West provincial executive committee is declared unlawful and set aside,” Kathree-Setiloane said.
“The decision of the NEC of September 20, 2018 to appoint a provincial task team (PTT) is declared unlawful and set aside.”
The court gallery was packed with ANC supporters. They sang struggles song after Kathree-Setiloane handed down the judgement.
She said that the so-called consultative meetings were chaotic and did not meet procedural fairness.