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[BREAKING] Court declares KZN ANC elective conference unlawful

The outcomes of Tuesday’s proceedings have ramifications not only for the KZN ANC leadership but also for the upcoming elective conference and may dent the party's ambitions to restore unity.

FILE: The KwaZulu-Natal ANC leadership. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN.

PIETERMARITZBURG - The High Court in Pietermaritzburg has ruled that the outcome of the 2015 KwaZulu-Natal ANC provincial elective conference was unlawful.

An aggrieved faction disputed the outcome of the provincial elective conference which saw former KZN Premier Senzo Mnchunu removed from his seat as chairperson.

During proceedings, the judges heard how the ANC NEC failed to address the grievances raised by disgruntled branches, how the conference took place prematurely and that the voters roll from that day has gone missing.

After spending just a few minutes in court, Judge Jerome Mnguni announced that the current ANC provincial executive committee has been disbanded.

“The order is as follows: the eighth KwaZulu-Natal elective conference of the ANC at Pietermaritzburg from 6 – 8 November 2015, and decisions taken during the conference are declared unlawful and void.”

The outcomes of Tuesday’s proceedings have ramifications not only for the KZN ANC leadership but also for the upcoming elective conference and may dent the party's ambitions to restore unity.

It’s unclear how the ANC plans to deal with the outcomes laid out in the judgment and what will happen now that the KwaZulu-Natal leadership has essentially been disbanded.

Tuesday’s judgment also raises questions about how the matter will be handled ahead of the ANC’s upcoming elective conference in December.

Outside the court, hundreds of members sang songs in support of Mchunu, who is said to be behind taking the now disbanded KZN ANC to court.

PLAN TO APPEAL

Meanwhile, the now disbanded KwaZulu-Natal ANC and its national body will be analysing the political ramifications of the judgment.

However, the disbanded executive committee says the status quo will remain in place because it plans to appeal the ruling.

Spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli says the ANC NEC will also have to take a decision on what happens next.

“No, we are not disbanded. We retain our executive powers. Once the matter is taken to the appeal, let me put it in this way ... between now and the next 15 days we remain in office. Beyond 15 days if we do not appeal, it means we have accepted the judgment.

Meanwhile, outside court hundreds of ANC supporters from Mnchunu's camp celebrated.