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By unknown | Jan 17, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Canaan Mdletshe

Canaan Mdletshe

Factions within the National Democratic Convention (Nadeco) have lashed out at Pietermaritzburg high court Judge Noel Hurt for postponing their national federal conference.

The conference was to have been held on Saturday at the Mangosuthu Technikon in Umlazi, but the party's national executive council (NEC) applied for an interdict to have the conference postponed and, on Thursday, Hurt ruled in favour of postponement.

In his judgment, Hurt said that only the NEC had the power to call a conference.

But yesterday Sandile Myeni, acting chairman of the federal conference organising committee, lambasted Hurt's ruling.

He said the judge had failed the members of the party.

"He decided to listen to a group of people that had received a vote of no confidence from the members," Myeni said.

Myeni said the committee would meet soon to look at the options available in getting the court to reverse Hurt's ruling.

"Real members of the party wanted a conference to elect their leaders. But to our dismay, the judge ruled against the will of the people and that's a disgrace. Our judicial system has still got a long way to go to change," said Myeni.

Myeni said that "according to Nadeco's constitution, there is no NEC. Even if there was, they have overstayed their term of office, as a result we passed a vote of no confidence against them."

But NEC member Vincent Ngema said the NEC went to court to protect the party from further derailment by interim president Ziba Jiyane, who had previously suspended Ngema as an MP of the party.

He said the judge had made it clear that the current problems would continue until the constitution was amended.

"We felt that until the constitution and other matters of concern are properly dealt with, it would have been irresponsible for us to hold a conference that would not take the party any further," Ngema said.

He said the NEC was consulting party structures and asking them to make proposals to be presented during the conference.


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