The General Secretary of the African National Congress (ANC) Gwede Mantashe has rubbished rumours that the high court ruling on the Bojanala region will push the party to postpone its elective conference.
The ruling party, ANC, is holding its 54th national conference from 15-20 December at Nasrec, Johannesburg, Gauteng Province which will see the party electing a new leadership and adopting various policies.
Today the disgruntled ANC members in the North West have won their court challenge to have the Bojanala regional conference nullified the move which sparked concerns over the party’s readiness to hold its National elective conference as planned.
The decision comes on the eve of the ANC’s national elective conference, and it was not immediately clear if delegates from the affected branches would be allowed to attend.
This is what the ANC had to say
“The judgement on the Bojanala regional conference has no impact on the conference.” said Gwede Mantashe
“BGMs were a separate exercise. If the judgement says the delegates cannot participate in any other activity, we will look into that.”
The party will hold Gala-dinner tonight at Nasrec to bid farewell to President Jacob Zuma who led the party for almost a decade after taking over from Thabo Mbeki in Polokwane Conference in 2007.
The new crop of leadership is expected to emerge in the Johannesburg conference this weekend.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to go head to head with the former African Union (AU) chairperson Dr Nkosasana Dlamini-Zuma for the party presidential position.
Majority of ANC branches nominated Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed President Zuma as the President of the ruling party. Meanwhile Nkosasana Dlamini-Zuma has received an endorsement from President Zuma to lead the party towards unity and stability.
The branches have started arriving at Nasrec in Johannesburg to decide on the next party leadership and policy position.