Friday, 01 April 2022 18:09

Application to interdict the ANC MP elective conference dismissed.

By Lehlohonolo Lehana.

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The urgent application to interdict the ANC Mpumalanga elective conference has been dismissed meaning the provincial conference is going ahead.

Judge Edwin Molahlehi of the Gauteng High Court finds the application is not urgent.

Fransisco Vilanculo and Edward Mahlangu filed their urgent application on Thursday, listing the ANC and its national executive committee (NEC), the national working committee (NWC) and the provincial task team as respondents.

In the papers, the duo argued that the NWC, which appointed the task team after provincial executive committee (PEC) was dissolved in February, had no constitutional power to do so.

They also wanted the high court to declare that only the NEC has powers to dissolve the PEC and appoint a task team, and not the NWC. Furthermore, the applicants wanted all decisions taken by convenor Lindiwe Ntshalintshali and her team to be set aside.

However, the ANC refuted this and insisted the decision had been ratified by its national working committee.

While court proceedings unfolded the ANC in Mpumalanga kicked off its long awaited conference.

ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile called on Mpumalanga conference delegates to isolate those who seek to "disrupt" the sitting in Emalahleni.

Mashatile, who is also acting as secretary-general, told party members to ensure that theirs becomes a good model for all upcoming conferences.

"We are calling for maximum unity, iron discipline and determination to ensure ANC in Mpumalanga emerges stronger.

"Let those who want to disrupt our conference not succeed, let those who prefer violence not be in our midst. Let’s isolate them so they face harsh consequences for their actions," he said to a loud applause.

The provincial ANC has been marred by public spats and factional battles that turned violent. The conference has been postponed several times before because of the internal divisions and allegations of vote rigging at branches.

Recently the provincial offices were set alight while some of its branch meetings have been marred by violence.

In terms of the conference, Mandla Ndlovu and Ntshalintshali are said to be front-runners for the influential positions of chairperson and deputy chairperson, while murder-accused Mandla Msibi is contesting the position of provincial treasurer.