- The ANC’s national dispute resolution committee will be holding critical meetings this weekend to resolve several serious internal issues
- The most serious of these disputes could if decided by the courts nullify the ANC’s December elective conference and return Jacob Zuma to the presidency of the party
- Disgruntled ANC Eastern Cape members are seeking to have the provincial elective conference nullified by the courts
The African National Congress’ (ANC) national dispute resolution committee will be engaged in a series of critical meetings this coming weekend. The committee will aim to resolve internal issues which could conceivably lead to former president Jacob Zuma being declared the legitimate president of the ANC.
Disgruntled members of the ANC in the Eastern Cape are seeking to have a court declare the provincial elective conference null and void. If the court rules in favour of the disgruntled ANC members, the ANC’s national elective conference is likely to be declared illegitimate.
The case is based around recommendations by ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) member Sbu Ndebele and is expected to be filed in the Johannesburg High Court next week.
Briefly.co.za gathered that if the ANC fails to resolve the matter internally and if the court rules in favour of the complainants, the ANC would have no other choice than to reinstate Zuma as its legitimate president.
While the possibility of this actually happening is slim, it could lead to two centres of power once again. Citizen.co.za reported that if the scenario comes to pass, Zuma would lead the ANC, but Cyril Ramaphosa would remain as the president of the country.
Another worry for Ramaphosa would be the reinstatement of the ANC’s NEC as it was before the December elective conference.
Experts say the possibility of this scenario becoming reality are slim to none and even if it did occur the ANC would likely challenge the ruling and keep challenging the ruling for many years to come.
The committee will be headed by ANC deputy secretary general Jesse Duarte. She has been charged with the task of convincing the faction to drop its legal bid and agree to an internal dispute resolution.
The NEC is also thought to be considering taking internal action against members who take what the party feels is internal issues to an external platform such as the court systems.
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