With only three days to go until the ANC’s national elective conference the party is still putting out legal fires around the country. The two court cases that are likely to have the biggest effect on the conference are the Free State matter, set to be heard on Thursday, and the judgment on the legality of the KwaZulu-Natal provincial executive committee, which is yet to be handed down. Members in the Free State are moving to bar about 409 delegates, mainly Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma backers, from attending the conference, while in KwaZulu Natal the judgment could see the 27 ex-officio delegates from the provincial executive committee barred from the conference. Four disgruntled ANC members in the Free State, who are backers of former deputy provincial chairman Thabo Manyoni, lodged an application in the High Court in Bloemfontein on Tuesday in a bid to stop the entire provincial delegation from participating in the national conference.They also want the provincial conference, which end...

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