The ANC’s elective conference in KwaZulu-Natal has been halted by a court challenge from disgruntled party members.

Judge Jacqueline Henriques in the Pietermaritzburg High Court has granted an urgent interim interdict to temporarily halt the conference.

The conference was scheduled to begin this afternoon at the University of Zululand at Empangeni, however, the disgruntled members from the Moses Mabhida region in Durban succeeded with their urgent application to halt the gathering.

These members they want certain irregularities within the region to be addressed before any new elective conference gets underway. The court case will resume on July the 2nd.

Party challenges

Some disgruntled branches were objecting to the staging of the conference, citing manipulation of processes, the killing of members and and bogus branches members.

KZN PTT Convener, Mike Mabuyakhulu says, “The party is working towards fixing the problems of disunity.”

Mabuyakhulu says he hopes the conference can help unit the party.  “Saying even post the elective conference, they hope to still work hard to address issues.”

There are reports that the party has opted for a unity slate. Sihle Zikalala as Chair with Mike Mabuyakhulu, his deputy.

The conference was expected to be officially opened by party Chairperson Gwede Mantashe.