NATIONAL NEWS - A brief fracas erupted outside the Cape Peninsula University of Technology hall where the ANC Western Cape nomination process was to take place on Wednesday night.
A group of members from ANC branches in the Boland region demanded access to the provincial general council (PGC) to settle disputes about the selection of branch delegates.
"Hey Voetsek!" a woman from the New Rest branch in Wellington shouted as a security guard closed the door to prevent them from getting in.
The woman, Primrose Mbenene, told Sapa she and fellow supporters were "robbed" of having a say on who their branch delegate for the PGC should be.
She insisted she and her fellow branch members were being sidelined because they supported Kgalema Motlanthe to replace Jacob Zuma as ANC president at the party's elective conference in Mangaung.
Mbenene said over the past few weeks several branch meetings were postponed because they did not reach a quorum.
"They then take out people to a shebeen to have a meeting," she said.
She said they lodged five complaints over the election of their branch delegate to attend the PGC with the ANC's provincial office. They had yet to get a response.
Another woman, claiming to be the deputy chairwoman of the Ward seven branch in Wellington, Elsie Magoda, said she was originally meant to be a delegate to the PGC.
Magoda said the chairman of her branch made members sign for another delegate "in the middle of the night".
"I was a delegate but they stole it from me. It's fraud," she said.
Several disputes were being dealt with at the PGC on Wednesday.
Members of the ANC national executive committee task team arrived in Cape Town earlier in the day for the reconvened PGC.
Their presence was seen to be key to the province concluding its nomination for the ruling party's Mangaung conference.
Last week, two attempts to conclude the province's nomination process collapsed, as a result of the provincial executive committee not having the authority to rule over branch disputes.
ANC Western Cape chairman Marius Fransman said the NEC task team would hear and rule on the disagreements.
"We clearly believe that the conference will happen very smoothly because the Western Cape leadership won't need to deal with disputes as that will be done separately by the NEC task team," said Fransman.
NEC members present included Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, Communications Minister Dina Pule and Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane. Andrew Mlangeni, from the ANC electoral commission, was also on attendance.
By 10pm the PGC had still not concluded its business, six hours after the nomination process was to have started.
Last week, divisions were evident during two PGC meetings, which were adjourned without results.
Delegates entered the venues, some dressed in pro-Zuma t-shirts, others dressed in attire which bore the faces and names of their preferences for the ANC top six, including Kgalema Motlanthe for president.