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Zuma, ANC NEC ‘failed’ disgruntled KZN branches, court told

Several branches have taken the provincial leadership to court, calling for it to be dissolved and their resolutions nullified.

FILE: ANC President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

DURBAN - The High Court in Pietermaritzburg has heard how President Jacob Zuma and the ANC NEC failed to address the grievances of a disgruntled group of KwaZulu-Natal regions ahead of its 2015 provincial elective conference.

Several branches have taken the provincial leadership to court, calling for it to be dissolved and their resolutions nullified.

The so-called ANC Rebels have argued that the 2015 provincial elective conference was not meant to have taken place because there were procedural matters that needed to be dealt with first.

It was during that gathering where former provincial ANC chair Senzo Mchunu was ousted.

One of the main issues to be argued in court is that the case should be thrown out because the motion had not been filed within 180 days as stipulated in the promotion of Administrative Justice Act.

But advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi, who is representing the disgruntled faction of the ANC, has argued that it was Zuma and the NEC who let his clients down.

Ngcukaitobi has told the court that his clients had written to the leadership asking them to address their concerns around branches.

Zuma, who was meant to respond in five days, still hasn’t responded and the applicants then waited five months before writing to secretary-general Gwede Mantashe’s office.

They have argued that the delay in taking the matter to court was because of political processes.