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Application to interdict ANC Eastern Cape elective conference struck off the roll

Oct 2, 2017
Application to interdict ANC Eastern Cape elective conference struck off the roll

An application by disgruntled African National Congress (ANC) members, which sought to interdict the party's 8th Eastern Cape elective conference, which saw former Provincial Secretary, Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane, beating Eastern Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, in the race for chairmanship, was on Monday struck off the roll by the East London High Court.

The urgent application was brought by about four delegates, who were unhappy about being prevented from voting at the conference that concluded on Sunday.

The conference itself saw delays as delegates caused interruptions leading to violence that saw around eight delegates in hospital. In the end, Mabuyane was elected chairperson, by a massive 935 votes - beating Masualle, who got only seven votes.

But before Mabuyane could celebrate, he was told of the urgent court interdict, which he responded to on Sunday morning.

While Judge Belinda Hartley on Monday ruled that the papers filed for the case could be used for a possible review of the conference, she struck the application of the roll and ruled that the applicants had to pay the costs of the application.

The newly nominated leadership of the ANC, led by the Deputy Secretary, Helen Sauls August, and ANC supporters, attended the court case. 

Addressing the media after the ruling, Sauls August said that the new PEC is happy about the outcome as it was what they expected.

"...we pray that now some sense of normality will now return," she said.

"The focus is now on rebuilding the branches and unity - we will go back and extend an olive branch to those, who were supporting the other group."

Addressing 951 delegates at the conference on Sunday, Mabuyane said that their job must now be to unify the regions that had supported different candidates.

"The outgoing PEC Deputy President has done a sterling job.

"We have lost Nelson Mandela Metro that makes us to be a qualified Home of Legends. I thank all those that ensured that ANC in the Eastern Cape delivers a credible conference," he said.

"I also thank those comrades that were involved in audits. I thank the entire staff of the ANC especially from the National Office. We are indebted to them, ours is to do what is right.

Stressing the importance of unity Cde Mabuyane said: "Now comrades we have to bring unity in our organisation in the Eastern Cape. We have to refuse to be captured by factions."