Disgruntled members of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal, who three weeks ago interdicted the party’s provincial elective conference, have refused to abandon their case in favour of negotiations. A section of the ANC’s membership in KwaZulu-Natal applied to the High Court in Pietermaritzburg just hours before the start of the provincial elective conference on June 8. The court ruled in their favour, forcing the ANC to turn the gathering into just a consultative meeting. The interdict prolonged the uncertainty that comes with a province being without a permanent and duly elected leadership. Those who took the legal route come from branches in Moses Mabhida, Harry Gwala‚ eThekwini and Lower South Coast regions‚ which are deeply divided between pro-President Cyril Ramaphosa supporters and those who stood with former president Jacob Zuma ahead of the party’s national elective conference. Expulsion threat A team led by ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte held a two-day meeting with warring...

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