20/05/2018 14:03 SAST | Updated 20/05/2018 14:03 SAST

ANC In Free State Elects New Leadership At Last

According to a Facebook post on the party's provincial page, Sam Mashinini is the new ANC chairperson in Free State.

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The ANC in Free State has elected new leadership, following its provincial conference over the weekend.

Free State MEC for police, roads and transport Sam Mashinini has been appointed as chairperson, with William Bulwane as deputy chairperson.

Paseka Nompondo has been elected as secretary, while Mamiki Qabathe will take up the mantle of deputy secretary. The newly appointed treasurer is Sefora Sisi Ntombela.

A list of these names, along with other members, was posted on the Facebook page of the Free State ANC.

Earlier this week, it was unclear whether the provincial conference would go ahead, after disgruntled members threatened to head to court once again.

They claimed they had only been informed about the conference at very short notice via social media channels.

A replacement was required for former long-serving chairperson Ace Magashule, who ascended to the national secretary-general's office in December, following the party's elective conference.

His provincial executive committee [PEC] was stripped of its powers shortly before the conference, when the Free State High Court in Bloemfontein nullified a provincial conference in which Magashule was re-elected as chair.

The province's ANC branch has been mired in numerous court challenges over both provincial and national conference proceedings.

"While we respect the law as the supreme arbiter, we encourage members of the ANC to use internal democratic processes to deal [with] their dissatisfaction...There is a growing tendency to use [courts] to force the organisation to accept minority views," the provincial task team convenor, Paseka Nompondo, said at the conference.