African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe gestures during a press briefing on the outcome of the party's National Working Committee meeting on April 5, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
JOHANNESBURG – ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe says that a court judgment against a region of the party will have no impact on the party’s national conference.
Just one day before the start of the 54th ANC national conference, the North West High Court nullified the Bojanala regional conference and set aside 32 branch general meetings.
However, Mantashe who was briefing the media on the state of readiness for the ANC’s elective national conference said the judgment doesn&39;t necessarily impact on the credentials of conference.
“If that judgment nullifies a regional conference, it has no impact on the credentials because regions have no voting rights in the [national] conference,” Mantashe said.
“They (regions) have been given two sets of observers, that is all and that doesn&39;t impact on the credentials of the conference which determines whether the conferences goes nor not go because those are non-voting delegates from regions.”
Mantashe said ANC members have the right to approach the courts. He further stated that they will accept the court judgment but stressed that the judiciary does not run the ANC.
Provincial Executive Committees of the ANC have voting right at the national conference. Each has been given 27 voting rights and should a court rule to nullify a PEC, they will thus lose 27 voting delegates.