'Potential urgent interdict to stall ANC conference less likely'

In the Free State, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and the North West, the courts have made judgments on the outcome of the provincial votes.

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JOHANNESBURG - While there has been a multitude of court action at provincial level, legal experts are saying that a potential urgent interdict to stall or collapse the national electoral conference this weekend is less likely.

In the Free State, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and the North West, the courts have made judgments on the outcome of the provincial votes.

While it is understood that some advocates have been placed on standby for potential court action this weekend, an urgent application in the High Court in Johannesburg to stall or collapse the ANC’s conference may have little prospect of success.

As Tefo Raditapole from Cheadle, Thompson and Haysom explains, it will be difficult to show urgency.

“Anything is possible strictly speaking and the process has been quite a long one leading up to the conference, so anybody bringing an application will have to get past requirement for urgency, which will be a tough task.”

It’s unclear who the urgent judge is on duty in Johannesburg this week although the roster is usually decided long in advance. When phoned yesterday, the registrar in the judge president’s office said she could not divulge the name of the urgent judge.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)