ANC EC disgruntled members bid to interdict conference struck off the roll.
By Lehlohonolo Lehana.
An urgent court application to interdict the ANC Eastern Cape Elective Conference has been struck off the roll.
On Saturday, five disgruntled ANC members from the Dr WB Rubusana region filed their interdict papers at the Eastern Cape High Court in a bid to enforce an existing court order.
One of the members, Ondela Sokomani, said they were of the view the branches – implicated in the membership manipulation – in the WB Rubusana region should not be allowed to participate in the conference.
The provincial party is currently holding its ninth elective conference at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in East London.
Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane, provincial treasurer Babalo Madikizela and provincial legislature deputy speaker Mlibo Qoboshiyane are vying for the provincial chairperson position.
However it has since emerged that Qoboshinyane will team up with Madikizela, though discussions are still ongoing.
During the court proceedings, the ANC asked the court to struck the interdict from the roll as it was not urgent.
"Why should your lordship on a Saturday be in court? It has not been established why the matter is so exceptionally important that it should sit on the weekend," advocate Apla Bodlana, counsel for the ANC, said.
Bodlana indicated that the ANC sought costs, including of two counsel, from the applicants, further insisting that the case was "hopeless" and "has been hopeless from the beginning".
Meanwhile, the applicant' legal representation, advocate Dumisani Skoti said the ANC members were not interdicting the conference.
"The applicant is not interdicting the ANC conference, the applicant is saying the Rubusana region cannot participate knowing the pending matter, "he said.
Skoti also argued that the registration of Rubusana in the conference was inconsistent with a previous court order thereby leading to contempt of the Court in that the internal appeals of various branches had not been finalised.
After hearing arguments from both parties, Judge Justin Laing delivered his ruling, saying the applicants failed for demonstrate why the matter was urgent.
"The application is struck off the roll," he said.
Laing had earlier questioned the urgency of the application, saying that it was "self-created".
The high court last month interdicted and ordered the regional conference of Dr WB Rubusana to be stopped, pending the finalisation of all internal appeals.