Cyril Ramaphosa’s ANC presidential hopes received a significant boost at the weekend, with close ally Oscar Mabuyane elected to lead the Eastern Cape at a chaotic conference. Several delegates were injured when a fight broke out between supporters of Mabuyane and outgoing chairman Phumulo Masualle — with the latter’s supporters being driven out of the conference venue at the East London International Convention Centre. Also elected were deputy chairman Mlungisi Mvoko, treasurer Babalo Madikizela, secretary Lulama Ngcukaitobi and his deputy, Helen August. Masualle, former treasurer Thandiswa Marawu, deputy chairman Sakhumzi Somyo, as well as provincial executive committee (PEC) member Mlibo Qoboshiyane walked out of the conference after violence erupted over credentials. They have since gone to court in a bid to interdict the conference. The court is expected to make a ruling on Monday. Mabuyane confirmed the committee would be challenging the application. "We think it’s just an acad...

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