Get more Mail & Guardian
Subscribe or Login

No contest expected at Free State ANC conference

Free State Premier Ace Magashule is likely to be re-elected to serve another year as chairperson of the ANC in the province.

This comes as his opponent in the provincial leadership race, deputy chairperson Thabo Manyoni, boycotted the elective conference being held in Parys this week.

During his political address on Sunday, Magashule said the current Free State leadership would be elected unopposed and that people would see for themselves that there was no contest.

“Please don’t prop up people who don’t matter. They feel like giants, but if you’re a giant you won’t go to court,” he said in an apparent jibe at Manyoni and his supporters who had gone to court on numerous occasions to try interdict the gathering.

“The media is busy talking about a (leadership) contest in the Free State. Contest where? They will see today that there is no contest.”

Magashule is the longest-serving provincial chairperson of the ANC, having been in the position since 1992. He said he took exception to people who referred him as a “traditional leader” who would stay in a leadership position until death.

Despite his comments on Manyoni he insisted that there was unity in the province and that Manyoni was part of deliberations last week to finalise arrangements for the conference.

His claim of unity, however, has been put into question by the expectation that Manyoni is the only person to be replaced from the current leadership.

He is expected to be replaced by Motheo regional secretary Paseka Nompondo.

Subscribe to the M&G

Thanks for enjoying the Mail & Guardian, we’re proud of our 36 year history, throughout which we have delivered to readers the most important, unbiased stories in South Africa. Good journalism costs, though, and right from our very first edition we’ve relied on reader subscriptions to protect our independence.

Digital subscribers get access to all of our award-winning journalism, including premium features, as well as exclusive events, newsletters, webinars and the cryptic crossword. Click here to find out how to join them.

Dineo Bendile
Dineo Bendile works from Johannesburg. Political reporter. BLACK. Dineo Bendile has over 2712 followers on Twitter.

Related stories


If you’re reading this, you clearly have great taste

If you haven’t already, you can subscribe to the Mail & Guardian for less than the cost of a cup of coffee a week, and get more great reads.

Already a subscriber? Sign in here


Subscribers only

R270m ‘housing heist’ bid deprives people of decent homes

After alleged attempts to loot Eastern Cape housing funds, 39 200 people in the province will continue to live in atrocious conditions

Cabinet reshuffle not on cards yet

There are calls for the president to act against ministers said to be responsible for the state’s slow response to the unrest, but his hands are tied

More top stories

R270m ‘housing heist’ bid deprives people of decent homes

After alleged attempts to loot Eastern Cape housing funds, 39 200 people in the province will continue to live in atrocious conditions

Stolen ammo poses security threat amid failure to protect high-risk...

A Durban depot container with 1.5-million rounds of ammunition may have been targeted, as others in the vicinity were left untouched, say security sources

Sierra Leoneans want a share of mining profits, or they...

The arrival of a Chinese gold mining company in Kono, a diamond-rich district in the east of Sierra Leone, had a devastating impact on the local community, cutting its water supply and threatening farmers’ livelihoods – and their attempts to seek justice have been frustrated at every turn

IEC to ask the courts to postpone local elections

The chairperson of the Electoral Commission of South Africa said the Moseneke inquiry found that the elections would not be free and fair if held in October

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…