JOHANNESBURG - The ANC national conference is rapidly approaching, and the stakes in the succession race are higher than ever.
At the conference, delegates will be voting for the top six positions as well as for the additional 80 elected National Executive Committee members.
Voting takes place on an individual basis and is secret, but nominations may indicate support prior to the final vote.
Provinces may agree beforehand which group of candidates they want to support for the different positions and expect their delegates to vote for this group.
Track the provincial nominations with this map, as eNCA notes each province's official choice.
On Friday, three court rulings delivered a severe blow to Nkosazana-Dlamini-Zuma's bid to become ANC president.
The first legal blow started at the High Court sitting in Rustenburg in the North West where the court set aside 38 branch general meetings and nullified the Bonajala regional conference.
38 branches general meetings in the North West were also declared invalid.
A bit later, it was KwaZulu-Natal ANC’s turn.
A September court decision to nullify the province’s 2015 conference was upheld.
This judgment means KwaZulu-Natal will not have the 27 Provincial Executive Commmittee (PEC) members who are meant to attend as voting delegates, meaning only the originally allocated 870 can vote.
The gavel also came down in the Free State.
It was de ja vu for the province’s controversial chairperson, Ace Magashule, whose status as an elected leader was struck down by a court on the eve of the 2012 national conference.
It also means 14 Branch General Meetings (BGMs) held in late November, as well as the decisions they took, are also unlawful and void.
Those branch delegates may not attend the gathering.
Like KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State will also lose its 27 PEC votes and the province’s delegate count will revert to the original 409, minus those from the nullified 14 branches.
It is not known exactly how many delegates are affected by the rulings, as different branches send varying numbers of delegates to the national conference.