President Jacob Zuma. Picture: KOPANO TLAPE/ GCIS
President Jacob Zuma. Picture: KOPANO TLAPE/ GCIS

Almost 100 KwaZulu-Natal ANC branches have lodged appeals against the nomination process for the party’s national leadership in the run-up to the December elective conference.

The faction backing President Jacob Zuma’s preferred candidate, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, is relying on KwaZulu-Natal’s support — the governing party’s biggest and most influential province.

Support is said to be split between Dlamini-Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. In the tight race, 100 branch nominations could easily sway the vote either way.

The KwaZulu-Natal province has 870 branches.

The provincial executive committee was declared unlawful by the High Court in Pietermaritzburg earlier in 2017 after irregularities at the party’s 2015 conference were challenged by the losing faction.

This committee, led by Zuma-aligned Sihle Zikalala, is appealing against the high court decision and is still presiding over branch meetings.

There were some "troublesome" regions, which included eThekwini and Umzimkhulu.

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