- The court ruled in favour of former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo, who challenged the disbanding
- The judge ordered the PEC to be reinstated within two days
- The ANC's national executive committee had alleged that there was infighting within the PEC
The Gauteng High Court has found that the ANC's disbanding of the North West provincial executive committee was unlawful.
This comes after former North West premier Supra Mahumapelo challenged the disbanding in court. The committee was meant to find a new ANC candidate for premier.
The judge in the matter, Fayeeza Kathree-Setiloane, found in favour of Mahumapelo and said that the committee had to be reassembled within two days.
Earlier this week, the ANC had accused Mahumeplo of attempting to undermine unity in the party by challenging the decision to disband the provincial executive committee.
The ANC's NEC made the move after allegations surfaced that the PEC was plagued by factionalism and infighting.
Mahumapelo, however, accused the NEC of acting unilaterally and defying the ANC's consitution. He says that the NEC disbanded the committee without even consulting the party's provincial branches, according to News24.
Despite the legal victory, Mahumapelo said he was not happy. He claimed that the NEC's conduct was disappointing and that it did not take its work seriously. He added that it did not provide explanations for its behavior, Briefly.co.za gathered.
The ANC acknowledged the court's ruling but said that it would keep an eye on the matter. Additionally, the party reemphasized its commitment to promoting unity in the North West province.
Previously, the party had called Mahumapelo a "rogue element" and insisted that he was "disruptive" to the ANC.
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