Court strips Free State ANC chairperson of his power ahead of conference
This is the third blow to the Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma faction from the courts in one day
ANC Free State delegates can still attend the national conference, but chairperson Ace Magashule has been stripped of his power.
The High Court in Bloemfontein declared that the provincial conference held this past weekend, and all decisions and resolutions taken there, were unlawful and void.
This is the third blow to the Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma faction from the courts in one day, and comes on the cusp of the ANC conference kicking off on Saturday.
The new leadership of the Free State was elected in Parys last weekend, after its official mandate expired in May of this year, following four years in office. This means the province has no leadership to take to the conference.
It is unclear how the judgment will impact on the official delegation from the province. The court held that barring all the delegates would violate the constitutional rights of those who were lawfully elected.
Magashule is touted as the candidate for secretary-general of the party on presidential candidate Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s slate.