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Cape Town - The National Education, Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) welcomed Friday's ruling in the Bloemfontein High Court voiding the outcomes of the African National Congress (ANC) Free State provincial congress.

The ruling declared null and void the reelection of Ace Magashule as provincial chairperson.

"As Nehawu, we want to warn Magashule that next time he wants to talk about taking over our structures, he should first learn to obey the constitution of the ANC," said Nehawu, a union which forms part of the Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (Cosatu), an ANC alliance partner.

"His inability to observe and respect the constitution has led to some branches not attending the 54th National Congress of the ANC."

The union said it wished the ANC, South Africa's ruling party a successful elective conference. The conference officially kicks off on Saturday.

"We want to wish the ANC a successful conference which will be characterised by robust debates on how to ensure that the NDR [national democratic revolution] is back on track."

Magashule is an ally of president Jacob Zuma and has campaigned for the president's ex-wife and former African Union Commission chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to take over at the helm of the ANC.

Magashule, who is also the premier of the Free State province, was reelected after branch meetings had to be rerun. However, disgruntled ANC members took him to court claiming the branch meetings were defective.

Friday's court rulings does not prevent the province from sending delegates to the conference.

African News Agency/ANA