ANC FS victory over 16 Maluti-A-Phofung might be short-lived


The African National Congress (ANC)’s triumph over the 16 disgruntled Maluti-A-Phofung councillors who were fired by the party’s provincial executive committee (PEC) in 2018, might short lived.

The councillors were all found guilty by the party’s PEC for contravening the party’s constitution in voting with the opposition to elect Gilbert Mokotso as the new mayor during a council meeting in June 2018. Following judge Johannes Daffue’s decision to dismiss the case with costs said there was another lifeline in the case, the local attorney for the 16 applicants, Hanno Bekker, said there was another lifeline in the case.

What really should be the focal point is the expected judgement to be made soon in the Free State high court by Judge Fouché Jordaan. The decision might be a lifeline for the applicants. Bekker added that they hoped Judge Jordaan rules in favour of the applicants.

“What could happen here, is the judge might say the PEC must be disbanded and therefore all the decisions taken by it must considered null and void,” added Beker. He added that all the decisions that the PEC took would then be considered invalid.

ANC members Matshepo Ramakatsa, Lebeko Maile, Themba Mvandaba, and Shashapa Motaung approached the court in November 2018 to challenge the legality of the provincial elective conference that took place in May when the MEC of Police, Roads, and Transport, Sam Mashinini, rose to the helm of the party as the chairperson in the province, with William Bulwane, elected deputy chairperson, and Paseka Nompondo secretary.

On Thursday, February 7, the opposing parties each delivered their arguments in the High Court and Judge Jordaan reserved Judgment. – Lucky Nkunyane