ANC unfazed by court threats to stop meetings
THE ANC in the province said it was not fazed by threats of court challenges to stop the scheduled branch general meetings as well as regional conferences.
The party said there were five members of the party from several regions who have vowed to challenge the conferences in court.
Provincial secretary Deshi Ngxanga said those who were approaching the courts had no leg to stand on.
The embattled members represented by Mabuza Attorneys wrote a letter to the ANC stating their intention to approach the high court to halt the branch general meetings and the region’s conferences next month.
“On the issue of Mabuza Attorneys, we reacted to the letter that was written to us and one of the reasons given on the letter was that we cannot continue with the regional conferences because they say their members will be prejudiced.
“We have wrote a letter to them that branch general meetings were yet to start, how do you preempt what was going to happen in those meetings?.
“In this instance they have not replied back to us as to why do they say their members will be prejudice and they have not replied to our correspondence. I must also indicate that the secretary general wrote a letter to them asking that they should provide reasons,” he said.
Ngxanga said should the renegades decide to go ahead with court proceedings they would meet them there because they believed their processes were transparent.
“We consulted thoroughly with the regions, I wrote a letter to the regions that inspections on branch general meetings should be done to ensure that everyone was satisfied.
“We are very optimistic, even if they go to court they do not have a leg to stand on,” he said.
The members’ representative Eric Mabuza, said the members wanted the court to also declare the eighth provincial conference of the party held in Colesberg in May null and void because of his clients unattended grievances.
“As you are aware, our clients have on numerous occasions before and after the provincial conference which elected the current PEC complained in writing and went on to describe in great detail the extent of the irregularities which occurred in the process leading to the provincial conference.
Mabuza said their clients were aggrieved by the manner in which the PEC had conducted itself following an instruction from Mantashe regarding pending conferences.
“We are requesting that the PEC undertake not to convene the pending BGMs and regional conferences pending a resolution of the dispute on its legality, failing which we are instructed to approach court on an urgent basis to interdict the convening of the BGMs and regional conferences as well as set aside the outcome of the provincial conference,” Mabuza said.
Meanwhile, Ngxanga said the ANC in the province was set to elect two former ministers and the premier back into leadership roles at the conference.
Ngxanga said the provincial executive committee had agreed that they needed to deploy tried and tested leaders to the national level.
Ngxanga said they were going to push for the redeployment of Tina JoematPettersson, Dipuo Peters and Manne Dipico back to the leadership positions to strengthen the presence of the Northern Cape.
“As the PEC we agreed that the 197 members that we are sending to the elective conference need to prioritise to aspect at the national conference.
“The first is the deployment of comrades from the province to serve on the national executive committee,” the provincial secretary said.
South African Democratic Teachers Union deputy secretary Nkosana Dolopi was among the names considered.
“So these are the comrades that are going to represent us at the national executive committee, we are going to support them,” he said.
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