The African National Congress (ANC) in the Free State will hold its 8th provincial conference on December first to December third in Parys on the eastern part of the province.
The provincial spokesperson Thabo Meeko says all is ready for the next upcoming congress.
“We are ready as the province for the upcoming congress, we are at 90% in terms of number of BGMs concluded. The national dispute team is currently in the province dealing with the BGMs dispute,” Meeko said.
He further said the venue for the conference is not yet finalised but will be communicated in due course.
The current Premier and Party’s chairperson Ace Magashule is expected to contest the chairman’s position with his long-time friend and comrade Thabo Manyoni.
The Provincial Executive Committee issued the conference date following the disgruntle members who took the PEC to court seeking to disband the provincial highest structure and preventing them from performing any duties, adding that the structure exceeded its grace period as the party’s constitution dictates.
According to reports, Lefa Mifi wrote to the incumbent Chairperson Magashule, calling on him to disband the PEC by no later than October the 14th.
Meanwhile, last month a list believed to be of ANC Provincial Deputy Chairperson Thabo Manyoni was doing the rounds on social media naming former Provincial Secretary Sibongile Besani as the next Provincial Deputy Chairperson.
Besani had a fall out with the Provincial Chairperson Ace Magashule in the build-up to the much contested Provincial Conference in 2011, which saw the outcome of the conference been challenged in court.
The list has the current deputy Chairperson Thabo Manyoni as Chairperson, Besani his deputy, Polediso Motshoeneng as Provincial Secretary, deputised by an unknown candidate from one of the second biggest regions in the Province Lejweleputswa and Treasurer Position will be Mongi Ntwanabi.
Surprisingly the Manyoni list includes former Matjhabeng Mayor and regional Chairperson Mathabo Leeto and Mayor of Ngwathe Municipality Joey Mochela. Both Leeto and Mochela are believed to be staunch Magashule supporters.
Manyoni is likened to be supporting the Current Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to take up the party’s Presidency on the upcoming National elective congress, which is scheduled to be held at Narec Expo Centre in the south of Johannesburg.