A section of the ANC membership in KwaZulu-Natal has threatened protests and legal action, unless the forthcoming provincial conference, scheduled for April 27-29, is postponed. According to these members, the ANC is far from ready to hold a credible, free and fair provincial conference, claiming that the party is still besieged by factionalism, infighting, gate-keeping and intra-party violence. A meeting held in Pinetown, west of Durban on Sunday, and attended by ANC members from eThekwini region — the ANC’s largest region in the country — resolved to make a submission to the party’s national executive committee (NEC) and its national working committee for a postponement of the conference. The last provincial elective conference — held in November 2015 — was declared null and void by the High Court in Pietermaritzburg. This was after supporters of former premier Senzo Mchunu went to court, complaining that some of the conference participants had represented ghost branches. In Janua...

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