Labour analyst Terry Bell says the fact that members of the ANC National Executive Committee have been holding an emergency meeting ahead of the party’s national elective conference is a clear indication that the ruling party is in serious trouble.

The conference will take place at Nasrec in Johannesburg.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and ANC Member of the Parliament Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma are the front-runners to succeed Zuma as party leader.

Bell says the party’s decision to hold an NEC meeting is a sign of desperation.

“The NEC would have met the night before or the day before to sort everything out. This is an urgent meeting because of the court cases and the possibility of disruption. When you have groups that are now being told that they can’t represent anyone or branches being told that by court order, they cannot take part in this but what it does mean is that it’s going to delay the start of the conference.”