The ANC in the Free State is seeking to clamp down on members taking the party to court and wants its constitution to be amended to that effect.

The provincial structure said action should be taken against members who hauled the ANC to court before all internal processes were exhausted.

The ANC is facing litigation in most provinces in the lead-up to the elective conference in December. The most prominent case resulted in the KwaZulu-Natal provincial executive committee being declared unlawful.

The provincial executive is contesting the decision and
the appeal will be heard on November 30.

In the Free State alone there have been four similar cases in which ANC members have turned to the courts to have their provincial executive committee declared unlawful.

In the past, the ANC has discussed and resolved on action against members who take it to court. Now the Free State wants this as part of its constitution.

Free State party spokesman Thabo Meeko told Business Day the fourth case against the province would be heard this week, shortly ahead of its elective conference next weekend.

It is not clear if the Free State submitted its proposed addition in time for the November 15 deadline to send possible amendments to the ANC’s constitutional affairs committee.

Meeko said the ANC in Free State was raising the issue as it did not believe the ANC constitution was protecting the party itself.

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