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Nafcoc: Supreme Court of Appeal Declares Joe Hlongwane’s Presidency Unlawful

A Legacy of PerseveranceThe Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) has declared Reverend Joe Hlongwane’s claim to the presidency of the National African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Nafcoc) as unlawful.

Hlongwane led a meeting by a parallel structure of the business chamber in December 2012, where he was elected as president of Nafcoc. However, Lawrence Mavundla was re-elected as president of Nafcoc on 22 September 2014 and he led a faction to declare Hlongwane’s appointment as illegitimate.

Kwandiwe Kondlo’s book on Nafcoc, A Legacy of Perseverance: NAFCOC – 50 Years of Leadership in Business, provides insight into the organisation’s history and structures.

News24 reported on SCA’s decision, saying that during the delivery of the judgement the SCA called Nafcoc “an organisation at war with itself… [whereby] its members have, not for the first time, split into two factions.”

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The Supreme Court of Appeal on Friday put an end to a long-running leadership battle in Nafcoc in a ruling discounting the legitimacy of a previous president’s appointment.

The judgement, from a panel of five appeal judges, in Bloemfontein, found that a meeting held in December 2012 during which Rev Joe Hlongwane was elected to the top position of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Nafcoc) was “not lawfully convened…

“The resolutions taken at the meeting were invalid and of no force and effect.”

The Sunday Independent reported that the rivalry is far from over. Journalist Thabo Leshilo interviewed Hlongwane’s lawyer, Dewald van den Berg, who said that the Hlongwane faction is “still studying the judgement” and denies the court decreed Mavundla the legitimate leader of Nafcoc, but rather that all resolutions adopted at the December 2012 meeting were invalid.

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The SCA decision, delivered on Friday, effectively reverses a decision by Judge Ramarumo Monama in the South Gauteng High Court on February 22, 2012, that had anointed the faction led by Reverend Joe Hlongwane, the organisation’s founder member.

Mavundla’s faction had applied to the court to declare null and void the resolutions of a meeting held on December 6, 2012, by a parallel structure of the business chamber, led by Hlongwane, in order to render Hlongwane’s executive unlawful.

The meeting had passed a vote of no-confidence in Mavundla and his executive. The South Gauteng High Court found, however, that the meeting had been legitimately convened and had been representative of Nafcoc’s affiliates.

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