Free State ANC chairperson Ace Magashule is facing off with his deputy, Thabo Manyoni, for the provincial leadership of the party. Picture: Phill Magakoe/ANA

Johannesburg - The African National Congress (ANC) on Wednesday remained mum on the court ruling in Bloemfontein in which party's planned provincial elective conference was put off until a number of branch meetings had been properly held.

The court ruled that a number of branch general meetings that took place in the past couple of months were unlawful and should be held again, lawfully.

"In holding that the aforesaid meetings were irregular, unlawful, unconstitutional and in breach of the ANC constitution, the Provincial Conference of the ANC, Free State, scheduled for 1 to 3 December 2017, will be a nullity and is not be held until the aforesaid meetings have been held in a lawful manner and in accordance with the constitution of the ANC," the judgment read. 

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However, the ANC was unwilling to comment. National spokesperson Zizi Kodwa, who is currently out of the country, referred all queries to Khusela Sangoni who was not reachable. She didn't answer calls nor respond to messages.

The party was planning to hold the conference from Friday, following a provincial general council (PGC) meeting on Tuesday.

At the PGC on Tuesday, the Free State ANC announced their nomination of MP Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as their preferred candidate to take over from Jacob Zuma as ANC President at the party's elective conference next month.