The African National Congress has not made any comments on Tuesday's judgement nullifying the results of the party's KwaZulu-Natal November 2015 provincial elections.
ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa said that the party was studying the judgement and that it may be discussed at its national executive committee (NEC) meeting scheduled for the end of September.
"We have an NEC at the end of this month – whether that NEC will not be too far to deal with immediate issues but have to do with the legitimacy politically is something we have to consider as well…. But over a period of time I think there's urgency that the national leadership has got to make pronouncements on the issue, and after of course having had proper advice legally in terms of the judgment," Kodwa said.
Tuesday's judgement by the Pietermaritzburg High Court has thrown the party into disarray somewhat. Sides are being taken and factions formed in the battle, to be contested at the party's December elective conference, to choose President Jacob Zuma's successor.
The decision declaring the 2015 election results as unlawful removes a leadership group seen to be supportive of former African Union chairperson and ex-wife of the president, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, taking over the reigns of the party and a victory for those supporting deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa's bid to lead the party.
Former KZN premier Senzo Mchunu, who was ousted from his position at the 2015 election, has welcomed the decision as an opportunity for ANC members to rectify mistakes made by previous leaders.
Speaking at Tongaat, north of Durban, Mchunu said: "We welcome the decision of the High court, and we see no winner and no loser on this matter… but we see an opportunity to take an intensive re-look at ourselves, to say to ourselves is it not time to move away from the path that took us to that conference which resulted to where we are today and take a total different path, so that at the end of the day we are seen to be pursuing the interests of the ANC alone."
But it now begs the question: does the ANC have the luxury of time to examine themselves and implement a course correction, or have they left it too late?