LONG STANDING: ANC provincial chairperson Ace Magashule will stand again in the upcoming provincial elective conference, which is set to take place after the previous results were disqualified. Picture: Maryna van Wyk
The process of auditing Free State branches of the ANC in the lead-up to the re-run of the provincial conference has been concluded without any major hiccups, the party said this week.
The membership audit process was concluded last week after being extended from February 8, said party spokesperson Oupa Khoabane.
He said the audit process started in January, right after the ANC Mangaung national conference. The restart came after the June provincial conference in Parys, where the current provincial executive committee was nullified by the Constitutional Court in December.
Khoabane said they were waiting for the secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, to sign the audit report to allow branches to go through the process of nominating delegates to the conference scheduled for April 6.
The branch general meetings, which will take place as soon as the audit report is signed by Mantashe, will also allow branches to make nominations for provincial leaders. The completed audit process includes attending to queries, where members have to raise their dissatisfactions if there are any.
The province has been ordered by the Constitutional Court to re-take the provincial conference after it was disputed by a group of six members led by party veteran Mpho Ramakatsa. In its ruling in December, the ConCourt also found that there were irregularities in the lead-up to the provincial conference in June.
Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke had said the irregularities violated ANC members’ rights to participate in the party, according to its constitution. Now Khoabane said the party’s main concern was not the conference date but that the processes are as inclusive as possible.