The African National Congress (ANC) KwaZulu-Natal's eighth provincial elective conference results, held in November 2015, has been declared unlawful by the Pietermartizburg High Court.
The case was launched by ANC councillor Lawrence Dube and four associates in May 2016, following results which saw former premier Senzo Mchunu replaced as ANC provincial chairperson by Sihle Zikalala.
Dube and his associates not only claimed that the conference was held prematurely, but also that it was rife with irregularities and that the results rigged.
Pointing to rigged results, out of 1 459 delegates that voted, Mchunu received 675 votes while Zikalala received 780, leaving four votes unaccounted for.
Respondents in the matter are Zikalala, his deputy Willies Mchunu, the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa, the ANC itself and top ANC figures.
Thousands turned out for the high-profile decision, to support warring factions within the province which could have a significant impact on who the province will nominate as President Jacob Zuma's successor at the party's December elective conference.