Mabuyane opposes court challenge to his leadership

Aubrey Yates
October 1, 2017

Despite their absence the electoral commission which presided over the election said the number of remaining delegates gave the conference a quorum to conduct the elections according to the ANC's constitution. This allowed the conference to proceed, but when nominated for the top leadership, Masualle and his backers were not available to accept or decline.

Mabuyane was announced as the party's new chairperson this afternoon. Despite Masualle not indicating whether he is available to stand for election, he received seven votes.

Several outgoing provincial executive committee (PEC) members including Masualle and former ANCYL deputy president Andile Lungisa were whisked away by security. Lulama Ngcukaitobi was elected secretary with Helen Sauls-August his deputy secretary.

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Police fired stun grenades to disperse a group of ANC members near the gates of the International Convention Centre in East London on Saturday night, where the Eastern Cape ANC was hosting its provincial elective conference.

Oscar Mabuyane is the newly elected Provincial Chairperson for the Eastern Cape. The losing action indicated they intend contesting the conference's credentials and could approach the courts.

The chaos has left at least eight ANC delegates with injuries for which they have been hospitalised. He arrived to cheers wearing a neck brace with and a bandage covering his head.

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