Application by disgruntled Free State ANC members postponed

2012-09-27 14:42
Cathy Dlodlo in Bloemfontein
The court application by six disgruntled ANC members to have the party’s provincial executive committee dissolved has been postponed.

In the first leg of their application, the applicants – Mpho Ramakatsa, Tumiso Mbethe, Majoro Mpuru, Elisha Mbangula, Cicelia Chaka and Ntshiwa Morolloane – have asked the Free State High Court in Bloemfontein to bar the ANC provincial executive committee members from acting in their positions until judgment in the second leg of their application has been delivered.

The second part of the application seeks to nullify the provincial conference at which the current leadership was elected, and to dissolve the executive committee.

This is the applicants’ second attempt in court after their first application for an urgent interdict against the provincial conference was struck off the roll in June because Judge BC Mocumie had found that it lacked urgency.

The provincial conference was held from June 21 to 24 in Parys.

The current application was postponed to October 11 to give opposing counsel an opportunity to file answering papers.

At least 200 people demonstrated in front of the courthouse to support the six applicants.

Some burnt a coffin made out of cardboard with the words “Rest in peace Magashule” written on it.