Conference will decide on vote dispute - Mahumapelo

Conference will decide on vote dispute - Mahumapelo

Delegates, gathered at Nasrec for the ANC's national conference, will decide on the vote dispute brought before the party's steering committee, the party's chairman in the North West says.

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Amid a possible court application regarding the vote dispute for the ANC’s top six leadership, North West chair Supra Mahumapelo says delegates need to “live with the results” whether they like them or not.


Addressing journalists on the sidelines of the ANC’s 54th national conference, Mahumapelo says they have met with delegates and have agreed to end the conference on a high note.


“We have spoken with our delegates that we have come so far with this conference, we have worked so hard to maintain the dignity of the African National Congress, we can’t flop on the last minute,” says Mahumapelo.


But Jacaranda FM News has learnt that attorneys are preparing to file court papers to challenge the 68 unaccounted ballot papers.


Dexter Selepe of Selepe Seleke Attorneys, told Jacarandafm News: “The 68 ballots are not missing, instead they were put in an envelope and called a special vote because the delegates' name did not appear on the voters roll.”


Should the votes be accepted, the result could see the newly elected secretary-general Ace Magashule be replaced with his opponent, former KwaZulu-Natal chairperson Senzo Mchunu.


There was a less than 20 vote difference in the election of the SG.


While Mahumapelo says delegates should accept the outcomes, he was unable to confirm that Magashule will still be secretary-general after plenary considered the matter.


“The decision is going to be announced inside the conference and you will get the feedback regarding that particular matter."

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