No provincial, regional conferences beyond September: Mantashe


ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe addressing members and supporters of the ANC at Oscar Mpetha High School in Nyanga, Cape Town.

JOHANNESBURG - ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe has instructed the party’s lower structures like provinces and regions not to hold elective conferences before the party's 54th national conference in December

Mantashe mandated that no provincial and regional conferences should be held beyond September 30.

The instruction comes after disgruntled members turned to the courts in three provinces.

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Last week the High Court in Pietermaritzburg nullified the 2015 provincial elective conference, the KwaZulu-Natal ANC will have to hold another one.

In the OR Tambo region of the Eastern Cape, it is alleged the nomination of delegates to its elective conferences was manipulated.

While party members in the Bojanala region in the North West are questioning the constitutionality of certain branches.

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There are concerns these ongoing legal battles could jeopardise the December conference which will elect new ANC leaders.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma are considered front runners for the ANC top job.