Internal disputes and preparations for the December elective conference were expected to be on the agenda of the national executive committee (NEC) of the African National Congress (ANC), which met at the weekend. In particular, the dispute over the party’s leadership in KwaZulu-Natal was expected to be discussed. Contrary to ANC national leadership instructions, the now invalidated provincial executive committee has given notice that it will appeal the High Court in Pietermaritzburg judgment that the ANC’s 2015 provincial elective conference was unlawful. A special meeting of the NEC last weekend decided to disband the provincial executive committee and to appoint a provincial task team in its place. ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe was expected to present a legal opinion from senior counsel on whether or not it should be appealed against, to the NEC at its weekend meeting. A media briefing on the outcome of the meeting is due to be held on Monday. On Tuesday President Jacob Zu...

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