The ANC says it’s on course to stage its leadership elective conference in December amid fears that the hotly contested convention might be forced to be postponed.

A number of court actions and disputed outcomes of the election of provincial executives in provinces such as Kwa-Zulu Natal, the Eastern Cape, and Northern Cape could cause the derailment of the conference.

The fierce leadership battle within the party has unsettled international investors sparking speculations that the country’s economic status might be further downgraded to junk status before the end of the year.

“16th to 20th is the conference of the ANC.  People can make their own predictions.  We are working to hold the conference of the ANC and there is nothing that says it will not take place.  There will be the conference of the ANC and the new leadership will be elected,” said party Secretary, General Gwede Mantashe while addressing the media on the sidelines of the ANC’s Special National Executive Committee meeting underway in Irene, outside Pretoria.

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Meanwhile, presidential hopeful Lindiwe Sisulu says she is optimistic that the ANC will resolve challenges in its internal processes because it has no choice.