Close to two dozen leaders from the ANC's leagues and regions in KwaZulu-Natal gathered at the party's provincial headquarters where they implied that the court ruling which declared its conference unlawful and void was absurd. So now, they said, they would "defend the ANC" by supporting the provincial executive committee's decision to appeal the ruling - although it's not yet clear what the national leadership thinks of this. Meanwhile, this fight could soon come to a polling station near you. By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
There's this tale of two ANCs in KwaZulu-Natal. Those "counter-revolutionaries" who took the winners of the party's November 2015 conference to court, and those who cooked that conference, according to a high court ruling on Tuesday.
While the technical winners of the conference - the current provincial executive committee - decided to take a back seat and let their allies, leaders of the leagues in the province and some regions do the talking on Tuesday, provincial chairperson Sihle Zikalala had already indicated in broadcast interviews on morning shows that they would seek an appeal.
So the provincial youth, women's and veterans' leagues called a two-and-a-half-hour press conference to voice their support and opinions.
Outside the ANC...