ANC NEC meeting postponed to Friday

The gathering was meant to take a final decision on a recent court ruling affecting its KwaZulu-Natal branch.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma and other members of the NEC. Picture: Clement Manyathela/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC has confirmed that the special national executive committee (NEC) meeting that was scheduled for today has been postponed to Friday.

The party says this is because President Jacob Zuma is in New York attending the 72nd session of the United Nation’s General Assembly and has taken a large delegation of members of his Cabinet who also serve on the NEC.

The NEC was set to decide whether it would uphold or overturn the KwaZulu-Natal ANC’s decision to appeal the Pietermaritzburg High Court ruling, which declared the provincial party's 2015 elective conference unlawful.

Last week, some leaders said the provincial party didn't need the permission of the NEC to appeal the ruling.

After the meeting between the provincial leaders and the party's top six, it became clear that provincial leaders did need to get permission from the NEC on the way forward.

It’s understood the meeting was also meant to discuss current issues including allegations that state resources are used to fight political battles and the political violence in KwaZulu-Natal.