Judgment reserved on Eastern Cape ANC leadership battle

The disgruntled group wants a recommendation to disband the Eastern Cape leadership to be implemented.

It was reported on Monday afternoon that the High Court in Johannesburg had reserved judgment on their application.

“We will await the outcome of that case,” he said, adding that his party’s leaders would continue to mediate in the province in the interests of unity.

However, ANC deputy president David Mabuza had already said the current Eastern Cape ANC provincial executive committee led by Mabuyane is the only legitimate leadership recognised by the NEC.

Speaking during the launch of the Chris Hani volunteers programme yesterday, Mabuza said the province had experienced many leadership problems, but the PEC, elected in October last year, was the only one recognised by Luthuli House.

His statement came amid the backdrop of the disgruntled members planning to approach the High Court in Johannesburg to nullify the result of the October provincial conference, despite the fact that the group lost in the Grahamstown High Court last December.

Should the dissatisfied members win the case, it would effectively nullify the Nasrec ANC national conference as part of a ripple effect.

This would mean that President Cyril Ramaphosa and his NEC, who were elected at Nasrec, might have to step down and that former president Jacob Zuma could return to lead the party.

This view was, however, dismissed by political analyst Zamikhaya Maseti, who said it made no sense. The NEC had recognised the Mabuyane PEC and allowed them to participate in the Nasrec national conference.

As part of its intervention to bring political stability in the province, the NEC opted for reconciliation between the two Eastern Cape factions, including ordering a provincial cabinet reshuffle that would accommodate some new PEC members. Mabuza further said the ANC had apologised for the public images showing members that were divided.

The NEC appointed Ndebele to head a task team to investigate the complaints by members opposed to the outcome of the October 2017 provincial elective conference.

The ANC is also facing problems from the Free State.

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