Picture: DAILY DISPATCH
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The ANC top brass are to meet the KwaZulu-Natal provincial executive committee on Friday‚ a PEC member has confirmed — and the provincial leadership could be disbanded and an interim task team put in place.

The national working committee‚ which includes the ANC’s top six officials‚ is expected to visit the provincial leadership.

It was also possible‚ a senior source said‚ that the leadership in KwaZulu-Natal would be disbanded and an interim task team put in place.

But topping the agenda will be the PEC’s resolve to forge ahead with an appeal of their case at the Supreme Court of Appeal.

This follows a potentially devastating ruling on Tuesday in the Pietermaritzburg High Court that nullified the 2015 provincial elective conference‚ effectively rendering the leadership elected there illegitimate.

While officials in KwaZulu-Natal were adamant that they would appeal‚ they were told to stand down by secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and the national executive committee until after a meeting was held.

This itself sparked a war of words‚ as the ANC Youth League in the province not-so-subtly told the national body to leave them to make their own decisions.

"Yes‚ I can confirm they will fly down to discuss the issue with us. We understand that they might disband the provincial structure and install a provincial task team [PTT] to oversee the processes until the December elective conference. The PTT will stay till the province hold PGC [provincial general council] to reconstitute new leadership‚" a senior ANC source in KwaZulu-Natal said.

Nhlakanipho Ntombela‚ a member of the provincial legislature who is part of the group that took the ANC to court‚ also confirmed that the national leadership would come to KwaZulu-Natal.

"From what I can see‚ they might not allow the appeal‚" he said.

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