Party given ultimatum to halt provincial elective conference

Well-known Eastern Cape lawyer Mvuzo Notyesi has given the ANC an ultimatum to shelve next month’s provincial elective conference or face another court challenge.

This was after ANC OR Tambo branch member Bandile Ntamo approached the Mthatha High Court on April 18, asking the court to nullify the outcome of the OR Tambo regional conference held in 2015 from October 16-18.

The Herald’s sister paper, the Daily Dispatch, has seen the letter Notyesi wrote to ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe on Monday.

He was asked to shelve the conference, or disqualify the five OR Tambo regional leaders as delegates to the conference, pending an Mthatha High Court ruling on the matter.

But ANC provincial secretary Oscar Mabuyane, who is also likely to contest as provincial chairman, accused Notyesi and his client of delaying tactics, as the party was busy consulting its lawyers to respond when the case was heard on September 14.

“We find it odd that someone would challenge a structure which has been running the region for two years now,” Mabuyane said.

“They are just putting the cart before the horse. Now that the applicant has decided to ignore internal processes and go to court two years after the conference, why not wait for the court case to be heard? The provincial conference will go ahead.”

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