ANC KZN conference was declared invalid. The ANC’s 2015 KZN elective conference has been declared null and void, which has questioned their leadership capabilities in the Province.
The ruling‚ made in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on Tuesday morning‚ means that the 30 members of the provincial executive committee elected at the conference could have their election revoked. This includes chairman Sihle Zikalala and secretary Super Zuma.
The short ruling came in what has been called the “ANC rebels case”‚ lodged by a faction supporting ousted chairman and KZN Premier Senzo Mchunu‚ who lost to Zikalala in a bitter internal battle. The application was led by Vryheid councillor Lawrence Dube and four other ANC members representing 43 branches. They went to court in July last year to ask for a rerun‚ citing various irregularities.
The case was brought by ANC councillor Lawrence Dube and four others in May 2016, following results which saw former premier Senzo Mchunu being ousted as provincial chairperson and being replaced by Sihle Zikalala.
They claim the conference was not only held prematurely, but that it was riddled with irregularities and the results were rigged.
Zikalala received 780 votes, while Mchunu got 675 votes, in a process where 1 459 delegates voted.
Zikalala, his deputy Willies Mchunu, the ANC itself, the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa, and other top ANC figures are the respondents in the matter.
The news sent Mchunu supporters into joyful cheers outside the court.