Date moved for ANC list con­fer­ence

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THE DATE for the ANC pro­vin­cial list con­fer­ence has been moved to this com­ing week­end af­ter the na­tional list con­fer­ence was shifted to De­cem­ber 16.

The pro­vin­cial list con­fer­ence was sup­posed to have been held this past week­end, on Satur­day De­cem­ber 1.

Mov­ing the date will give act­ing North­ern Cape High Court Judge Willem Coet­zee time to de­lib­er­ate on the in­ter­dict that was brought by five ANC mem­bers in the Prov­ince to pre­vent the nom­i­na­tion of can­di­dates to fill po­si­tions in the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture and Par­lia­ment un­der the di­rec­tion of the cur­rent ANC pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship.

Coet­zee re­served judg­ment in the North­ern Cape High Court on Fri­day.

The pre­ferred list of can­di­dates was re­leased by the ANC Pro­vin­cial Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee (PEC) last week, which in­cluded top five pro­vin­cial of­fi­cials at the top of the list.

ANC pro­vin­cial chair­per­son, Dr Za­mani Saul, is listed as num­ber one on the Prov­ince to Prov­ince list, fol­lowed by ANC deputy pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Marup­ing Lek­wene, ANC pro­vin­cial trea­surer Fufe Maka­tong, deputy chair­per­son Bent­ley Vass and PEC mem­ber Mac Jack.

The le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the ANC re­gional, pro­vin­cial and na­tional mem­bers, ad­vo­cate Frans Petersen from the Cape Bar, stated that the rul­ing could have se­ri­ous im­pli­ca­tions.

“If the pro­vin­cial list con­fer­ence is pre­vented from go­ing ahead, the North­ern Cape could have no nom­i­na­tions to fill posts in the leg­is­la­ture and Par­lia­ment be­cause the na­tional list con­fer­ence will be go­ing ahead on De­cem­ber 16,” said Petersen.

Petersen be­lieves that only in­di­vid­u­als and not the col­lec­tive had laid com­plaints. He in­di­cated that the ANC had ex­ten­sively dealt with all the com­plaints, in­clud­ing al­le­ga­tions of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties as well as the cloning of mem­bers.

“The chair­per­son of the ANC Re­gional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee was ex­pelled for run­ning a par­al­lel branch. The ag­grieved mem­bers were in­vited to meet with the na­tional dis­pute res­o­lu­tion com­mit­tee on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions. They never at­tended any meet­ings. The mem­bers dropped the phone call when they were called.”

Petersen ad­vised that if the out­stand­ing branches had not con­vened in time, they should be ex­cluded from tak­ing part in the pro­vin­cial list con­fer­ence.

“The ANC is ready to go to con­fer­ence, where over 80 per­cent of the branches were law­fully con­vened.

“The claim that mem­bers did not want to par­tic­i­pate for fear of ar­rests, is hearsay ev­i­dence. The peo­ple mak­ing vague state­ments were never iden­ti­fied.”

He in­di­cated that the ap­pli­cants were in­tent on dis­rupt­ing branch meet­ings so that a quo­rum could not be reached.

Peter­son be­lieves that the five ANC mem­bers de­layed ap­proach­ing the court for six months de­spite know­ing that the pro­vin­cial list con­fer­ence would take place at the end of the year.

The le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the five ANC mem­bers, se­nior ad­vo­cate Neil Snel­len­burg from the Free State Bar, stated that cor­re­spon­dence was sent to the pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship to lodge a re­quest to re­view the 8th pro­vin­cial con­fer­ence that was held in Coles­berg in 2017.

Snel­len­burg stated that the elec­tion of par­al­lel branches was re­ported to the for­mer pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary, Saul, and was never dealt with.

“Should the pro­vin­cial list con­fer­ence go ahead it will be an il­le­git­i­mate process where mem­bers will be elected into po­si­tions of gov­ern­ment over the next four years by an un­law­fully-elected struc­ture. The lead­er­ship has a duty to pro­tect mem­bers from harm.”

Snel­len­burg pointed out that the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion had not yet set a date for the na­tional gen­eral elec­tions, where the nom­i­na­tion process would be fi­nalised be­fore that date.

AT COURT: ANC mem­bers out­side the North­ern Cape High Court.

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