Law firm warns ANC to abide by judgments on Free State, North West
THE African National Congress (ANC) was on Sunday instructed to abide fully by the outcomes of two judgments involving party structures in Free State and the North West or face a charge of contempt of court.
In a letter addressed to ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, legal firm Kwinana & Partners said it represented 5,200 ANC members with interests in both cases.
The firm demanded that the ANC undertake "that the entire Free State delegation be excluded from any or further participation and voting in the national conference, with immediate effect after receipt of this letter" and ensure that "the issues raised in the North West court application as well as the decisions of the national executive committee in respect of the Free State court application be placed on the national conference agenda with immediate effect".
The ANC national executive committee on Saturday disbanded the Free State provincial executive committee on the basis of Friday's Constitutional Court judgment that declared its June provincial conference "invalid and unlawful".
Members of the ANC in the North West took the party to court to interdict the province’s delegates from attending the ruling party’s 53rd national conference in Mangaung. The application was dismissed, but the court ordered the national conference to deal with the issue.
"You will inform us in writing as soon as a resolution is taken, one way or the other, as to the participation of the North West delegation," said the letter.
ANC spokesman Keith Khoza said he was not aware of the letter.
The national executive committee replaced the Free State provincial executive committee with a task team to prepare for another conference before March next year. Ace Magashule, Free State premier and former chairman of the disbanded committee, is one of the members of the task team.
The legal firm demanded that Mr Magashule be removed from the task team, and gave the ANC until Tuesday to provide evidence that its demands had been implemented.