Thursday 23 November 2017

South African Court Annuls ANC Election Outcome in KwaZulu-Natal

South African Court Annuls ANC Election Outcome in KwaZulu-Natal
(Bloomberg 09/12/17)
African National Congress KwaZulu-Natal chair Sihle Zikalala

South Africa’s High Court overturned the election in 2015 of African National Congress leaders allied to President Jacob Zuma in the eastern KwaZulu-Natal province, a decision that could sway the outcome of the race to become leader of the party and the nation.

With the biggest ANC membership of the nine provinces, the party’s KwaZulu-Natal’s leadership will wield great influence over its internal elections due to be held in December. The party has split into two loose camps in the province, one led by Sihle Zikalala, who won the dispute vote for regional chairman, and another by previous leader Senzo Mchunu.

The losing camp will likely appeal the ruling, Mdumiseni Ntuli, the party’s provincial spokesman, said outside the court.

The “decisions taken at that conference are declared null and void,” Judge Jerome Mnguni said at a hearing in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal’s capital, on Tuesday. He didn’t provide reasons for the decision.

Zikalala’s camp wants Zuma to be succeeded by his ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, while the Mchunu faction backs Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. Read more at: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-12/south-african-court-a...

By Derek Alberts and Michael Cohen

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