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29 KZN ANC branches call for disbandment of leadership

The so-called ANC rebels have argued that the voting process was irregular and that their concerns around the branches were not adequately dealt with.

Around 29 branches have taken the current KZN leadership to the Pietermaritzburg High Court, calling for them to be disbanded. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN

DURBAN - A group of disgruntled KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) African National Congress (ANC) branches have argued that they were not given an opportunity to appeal a membership audit done ahead of the province’s 2015 elective conference.

Around 29 branches have taken the current KZN leadership to the Pietermaritzburg High Court, calling for them to be disbanded.

The so-called ANC rebels have argued that the voting process was irregular and that their concerns around the branches were not adequately dealt with.

It was during that conference where former KZN ANC chair Senzo Mchunu was ousted.

Advocate Griffiths Madonsela, who is representing the disgruntled ANC branches has argued that there was a rush to hold the conference despite concerns around branch membership.

Madonsela says even after an audit of the branches was completed the applicants were not given an opportunity to appeal.

Meanwhile, outside the court, two opposing factions of the ANC were marching.

Some were singing songs in support of Mchunu, who is endorsing Cyril Ramaphosa to take over the party in December.

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