Five ANC regions in KwaZulu-Natal have threatened to go to court in order to stop elective regional conferences. They said political killings in the province were hampering free and fair elections and claimed a hit list targeting rival factions was being circulated in the province. Abaqulusi, eThekwini, Lower South Coast and Moses Mabhida are still to have their regional elections while the Greater KwaDukuza, Nkosi Bhambatha, Musa Dladla, Far North and Emalahleni regions have already convened their conferences. Calls for unity by the ANC’s national leadership have largely been ignored and the party in the province is still riddled with factionalism. Despite the emergence of a ‘hit list’ and political killings in the province, the ANC Youth League in the province maintained the environment was conducive for the elective congress to be convened. The league was a major backer of the Sihle Zikalala faction that supported Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at the governing party’s elective conferenc...

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