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’Maseribane attends party conference despite court order

Out-going BNP leader Thesele 'Maseribane

June 12, 2021 2 min read

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OUT-going BNP leader Chief Thesele ’Maseribane who was barred by a court order from attending the party leadership elective conference was on Saturday invited to give an opening address by deputy leader Machesetsa Mofomobe.

On Friday morning, ’Maseribane had confirmed that he would not attend the weekend assembly as per the court order.

His term as party leader ended in March.

The order was applied for by some party members who were not happy that the National Executive Committee (NEC) wanted to hold the leadership elective conference in June, instead of March.
’Maseribane who sounded emotional in his speech said he was ready to serve the party as a former leader and a political reference.
He assured the party members that he is never going to leave the BNP, although he has met so many challenges that include being kicked out at the end of his term.

“This is unlike other leaders who were ushered out smoothly and peacefully,” he said.
’Maseribane who received a warm welcome into the rather controversial elective conference, pleaded with those in attendance to respect themselves and the party for the sake of unity, peace and love.

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He warned them to refrain from embarrassing and mocking one another, especially candidates who may not win the election.
Meanwhile, constituencies of Qalo, Qoaling and Ketane filed an application in the High Court on Friday evening, seeking an order to stop the conference because they were not afforded an opportunity to take their representation to the conference.
The application was dismissed with costs.
Later that day, another candidate, ’Machere Seutloali withdrew from the race. On Saturday, out of the five expected contestants, only two showed up and they included Mofomobe and ’Malineo Matsepe. LeNA

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