Twitter went into a frenzy on Tuesday after the Pietermaritzburg High Court declared the KwaZulu-Natal ANC's elections in 2015 unlawful and void.
Judge Jerome Nguni handed down the judgement, saying that the outcome of the eighth KZN provincial elective conference held in Pietermaritzburg in November 2015 was to be voided.
#ANCKZN BREAKING NEWS: Provincial Conference held in 2015 was, "unlawful."— S'thembile Cele (@SthembileCel) September 12, 2017
— S'thembile Cele (@SthembileCel) September 12, 2017
The case was brought by ANC councillor Lawrence Dube in May last year following the elections that saw former premier Senzo Mchunu being replaced by Sihle Zikalala.
ANC SG Gwede Mantashe tells me in reaction to #ANCKZN judgment: 'This is what happens when you have lawfare. when politics is run by courts'— Thulasizwe Simelane (@ThulasSims) September 12, 2017
— EWN Reporter (@ewnreporter) September 12, 2017
Many on social media praised the decision, while others were cautious of further political tension in the province.
ANC Vs ANC Who is the real winner? We are a divided party and a polarised country It's time for visionary leadership #ANCKZN— Gulam (@Gulam40444928) September 12, 2017
I'm scared that they might kill each other. #ANCKZN— Uyanda Mavi (@Yaya_Mavi) September 12, 2017
However, it is believed the current PEC may appeal the decision.
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#ANCKZN PEC says they will appeal the judgement— Kailene Pillay (@kailenepillay) September 12, 2017