JUST IN: Mantashe announces team to investigate EC ‘conference of chairs’

Former KwaZulu-Natal Premier Sbu Ndebele will lead the seven-member team which will investigate the legitimacy of the Eastern Cape elective conference held last month.

Mantashe announces team to investigate EC “conference of chairs”. Picture: FILE

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe made the announcement at a press conference today, saying other three national executive committee members who will form part of the team are Rejoice Mabhudafasi, Sdumo Dlamini as well as Rejoice Moloi-Moropa.

This follows a Daily Dispatch report today which revealed that disputed ANC provincial chairman Oscar Mabuyane will remain at the helm, along with his 35-member PEC, pending the finalisation of the Ndebele-led probe.

Ndebele is expected to conclude the investigation into the events leading to the violence – which saw rival factions throwing chairs at each other – before Mabuyane’s election.

At least 15 delegates were hospitalised subsequent to the violence at the conference held at the East London ICC which ended on October 2.

The announcement of the team to the province comes in the midst of inaccurate media reports earlier today that Fikile Mbalula and David Mahlobo would lead the team to investigate the troubled province.

“There is no Mbalula or Mahlobo team going to the Eastern Cape,” said Mantashe.

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