Organisers of the African National Congress(ANC) KwaZulu-Natal elective conference which has been halted by a court challenge, have decided to convert it into a consultative conference.

Delegates have already converged at the venue, the University of Zululand in Empangeni on the province’s north coast.

The elective conference was stopped when a group of disgruntled ANC members won an urgent high court interdict.

They cited irregularities within the party’s Moses Mabhida region in Durban. The court case will resume on July 7.

One of the successful applicants, Siyabonga Hlongwa says this is an embarrassment to the ANC. “We have raised these issues internally, that there are irregularities and issues that need to be attended to before we go to a conference. We asked, why do we rush to a conference when there are so many issues, like political killings and the issue of gatekeeping?”

“So this is an embarrassment – to be told by the courts to say we must attend to these matters,” says Hlongwa.