The High Court in Grahamstown has dismissed an application to have the ANC’s Eastern Cape elective conference nullified. The Eastern Cape conference, held in September, turned violent and a group of delegates left the venue. The election of the new provincial leadership went ahead, resulting in the election of former secretary Oscar Mabuyane as chairman. Eastern Cape provincial secretary Lulama Ngcukaitobi said the provincial leadership was in a way relieved by the court’s decision, but had expected the outcome to weigh in their favour. He said that those wanting the conference nullified had clearly not exhausted ANC internal processes before rushing to court. Ngcukaitobi also said the appeal processes initiated by the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) were still under way and he could not say how the court judgment would affect that process. The NEC put together a task team last month to hear complaints and the appeal against the Eastern Cape conference by those wanting to s...

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