The twice postponed Free State ANC’s provincial conference is now set to take place on Sunday and Monday, less than a week before the governing party’s national conference. The conference has been postponed twice in the past two weeks, arising from a court order to rerun unlawful, irregular and unconstitutional branch general meetings. At a hastily organised provincial general council meeting last week, the Free State nominated Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as its preferred candidate to take over as ANC president. The Free State also backed provincial chairman Ace Magashule to run as secretary-general. But some party members in the province have taken issue with the status of the current provincial executive committee. The provincial committee was initially ordered by the High Court in Bloemfontein to hold the provincial conference from December 1-3, but the conference was interdicted by another court order last week after ANC members raised issue with 29 branch general meetings in four re...

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