South Africa's ANC Delays Start of Elective Conference

South Africa's ANC Delays Start of Elective Conference

Mantashe made the announcement at a media briefing after a special National Executive Committee meeting that was convened earlier on Saturday morning.

Mantashe said the conference would only begin at 2pm as some delegates were still being registered.

Delegates chant slogans as they arrive for the 54th National Conference of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa December 16, 2017.

The total delegates, and therefore votes, affected could amount to 100.

An NEC member said the court judgments were devastating to presidential candidate Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's supporters.

In the Free State 14 branches were barred by the court from taking part in the conference along with the province's 27 member provincial executive committee - which was elected last week at a conference that has now been found to be unlawful. "They will not vote‚" Mantashe said.

South Africa's ANC Delays Start of Elective Conference

However, he effectively ruled that the PEC would remain dissolved pending the outcome of the appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal and any subsequent appeal to the Constitutional Court.

At that conference, current provincial chairman Sihle Zikalala ousted incumbent Senzo Mchunu. The PEC opposed the judgment and launched an appeal.

In the North West‚ ANC members won their court challenge to have the Bojanala regional conference nullified.

During the elective conference, Zikalala received 780 votes, while Mchunu received 675, in a process in which 1 459 delegates voted.

That conference re-elected provincial chairperson Ace Magashule.

The group went to court asking for an order to set aside the 40 branch general meetings and to nullify the regional conference held on September 24.

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