ANC Mangaung breakaway faction elects its leadership

Plenary sessions are taking place at Imvelo Safari Lodge in Bloemfontein, where one African National Conference (ANC) faction in the Mangaung region, is holding its elective conference.

This follows a failed High Court bid by aggressive ANC members who were seeking an interdict to prevent the party’s Interim Regional Committee (IRC) from proceeding with the conference.
The faction which is aligned with former Free State ANC Deputy Chairperson, Thabo Manyoni, is convening its conference at Bon Hotel.

The breakaway faction has elected its leadership. Mangaung Metro councilor, Patrick Monyakoana, has been elected as chairperson.

Monyakoane is among 8 Mangaung Metro councilors who were expelled from the Party by the IRC in August. They were found guilty of disobeying organisational codes and defying ousted council whip, Vumile Nikelo.

Monyakoane’s deputy, Monnapule Ntamo – a businessman and former senior government official – was part of the group which spearheaded a court action that resulted in the dissolution of the party’s Provincial Executive Committee which was elected in May 2018.

Other elected officials at the Bon Hotel are Tonyana Selebedi as the Secretary, Millicent Motingoe as Deputy Secretary and finally, Lebohang Masoetsa as the Treasurer.

Representatives of the two warring factions in the trouble-torn Mangaung region as well as the former provincial party treasurer and IPC Convenor, Mxolisi Dukwana, Premier and IPC Deputy Convener, Sisi Ntombela, attended the meeting on Saturday. Dukwana and Ntombela are among those who are vying for the position of the Party’s Provincial Chairperson.

The Free State ANC Interim Provincial Committee (IPC) earlier convened an urgent meeting with the warring parties in a bid to defuse the simmering political tensions. The IPC was established in May last year after the Supreme Court of Appeal dissolved the Provincial Executive Committee in April last year.
The simmering political tensions have led to the two Mangaung factions convening parallel conferences in Bloemfontein.

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