ANC wel­comes judg­ment on elec­tive con­fer­ence

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - World News -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG. —The ANC has wel­comed the North Gaut­eng High Court in Pre­to­ria’s judg­ment on the at­tempt to nul­lify the 54th Na­tional Elec­tive Con­fer­ence.

In Jan­uary, Kwa-Zulu-Natal busi­ness­man Vin­cent Myeni took the party to court in an ef­fort to have the elec­tion of the ANC top six at its Nas­rec con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber de­clared in­valid.

Myeni al­leged that one of the ANC’s top six of­fi­cials had fa­thered a child with an of­fi­cial from EleXions Agency, which was con­tracted to over­see the party’s elec­tions.

He also ques­tioned the cre­den­tial of vot­ing del­e­gates and said the vot­ing process had been full of ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

In re­sponse, ANC deputy sec­re­tary gen­eral Jessie Duarte said in court pa­pers that the cost of re-run­ning the ANC con­fer­ence would be enor­mous.

She said the Nas­rec con­fer­ence had cost about R50m. She ar­gued fur­ther that Myeni had failed to show he was an ANC mem­ber in good stand­ing, News24 re­ported at the time.

In a state­ment on Thurs­day, the ANC said the case would have had “huge ram­i­fi­ca­tions for our con­sti­tu­tion and the func­tion­al­ity of the or­gan­i­sa­tion in its en­tirety”.

The party said it “ap­plauds” the court’s de­ci­sion to dis­miss the “friv­o­lous” at­tempt which was “seek­ing to dam­age the ANC rep­u­ta­tion”.

“The ANC is equally pleased that the court has or­dered the ap­pli­cant to pay the le­gal costs of the case. Yes­ter­day’s [Wed­nes­day] judg­ment sends a strong mes­sage to the mem­bers who be­lieve that the courts are the only way to re­solve in­ter­nal mat­ters of the move­ment.

“The ANC is of the view that, if the ac­tions of mem­bers are left unat­tended, they will cre­ate a chaotic prece­dent that could paral­yse the demo­cratic pro­cesses within our or­gan­i­sa­tion. The ANC calls on its mem­bers to de­sist from this prac­tice,” the party said. — News24.

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