The African National Congress’ (ANC) consultative conference in KwaZulu-Natal has finally been called off.

The party had decided to hold a consultative conference after a group of disgruntled members won a court interdict to block the planned elective conference in Empangeni on the province’s north coast. However, chaos erupted Friday night when some delegates rejected the decision.

ANC Provincial Task Team Coordinator, Sihle Zikalala has apologised to national chairperson, Gwede Mantashe for the disruptions and booing he faced.

Zikalala has also apologised to the ANC mother body. He says it was unfortunate that the Pietermaritzburg High court took the decision to halt their conference without allowing the party to respond to papers filed in court.

“We want to sincerely apologise to the ANC National Chairperson in particular but to the officials and the NEC [National Executive Committe] as a whole for what happened yesterday. We are embarrassed by the ANC in KZN but it’s foreign to the tradition of the ANC,” says Zikalala.

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