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Although not cited as respondents‚ President Jacob Zuma and ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe were drawn into a courtroom drama that played out in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Wednesday. There‚ in the KwaZulu-Natal capital‚ ANC rebel branches sought to nullify the party's "rigged" 2015 provincial conference. Adv Tembeka Ngcukaitobi‚ who is representing the aggrieved branches‚ called out every member of the ruling party's Top Six‚ saying they were complicit in the alleged wrongdoing that saw Sihle Zikalala and his slate trounce that of Senzo Mchunu and his supporters at the 2015 elective conference. Mchunu‚ who was ANC KZN chairman and provincial Premier at the time‚ was roundly beaten by Zikalala‚ who is now the economic development MEC. "My clients met with President Jacob Zuma on December 12‚ 2015‚ in Durban. He undertook to refer the matter to the NEC [national executive committee] and respond to the applicants in five days. However‚ he never fulfilled the undertaking‚" ...

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