The ANC national executive committee (NEC) has taken a hard line against structures that have been nullified following court decisions and against branches that were cited in court cases, by rescinding their voting privileges. Outgoing ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said the party would not risk "contaminating" the conference by allowing the delegates to vote. Rather, they would be treated as invitees and would be allowed to take part in discussions. The NEC's stance has far-reaching consequences for candidates nominated for the ANC top office, with presidential nominee Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma dealt the worst blow as the structures affected had endorsed her. The decision will affect about 200 delegates from Bojanala, the largest region in the North West, as well as the KwaZulu-Natal and Free State provincial executive committees (PECs). "We will not even allow them to vote with a different colour code. They are here as invitees … but [may] not vote on any matter," Mantashe told...

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