The ANC in Free State is stable and united, the party's provincial leader, Ace Magashule, said yesterday .
He was reacting to questions about party leadership disputes and "factions" within the ANC in the province.
"The ANC is stable and united at all levels," Magashule told journalists at an ANC media breakfast in Bloemfontein.
He acknowledged that there "might be pockets" of unhappy ANC members in the province, but he said he was confident that such unhappiness was not a major issue.
Some party members are involved in a high court case over decisions taken at a regional ANC conference in the northern Free State this year. The Bloemfontein high court last week postponed an application for an interdict by four members of the Kroonstad ANC. The interdict would suspend the Fezile Dabi region's conference.
The four members allege that the regional conference, at Oranjeville, in February, contravened the ANC's constitution.
Allegations are that at some branch meetings, at which delegates were chosen for the regional conference, there was no quorum, and that people whose signatures appeared on attendance registers for the meetings had not been present.
The high court granted an interim interdict suspending the implementation of all decisions taken at the conference.
Similar problems in other regional structures have since surfaced. They include members of the Motheo [Bloemfontein] region of the ANC supporting the Kroonstad applicants' court action by demonstrating outside the high court.
On the issue of a new national leader, Magashule said the province did not have a "particular position" on who to support as a candidate.
"We are going to interact with the rest of the country and decide together on the leadership."
The focus at the national conference would be on the election of leaders, not of just one leader, he said. - Sapa