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President Thabo Mbeki's meeting with the 40-member ANC provincial leadership in KwaZulu-Natal this week was an attempt by the ANC to level the playing fields, says political analyst Protas Madlala.
Madlala says the province is one of the most problematic for Mbeki.
"Politically and strategically" it makes sense for Mbeki to come to KwaZulu-Natal ahead of the ANC's national conference scheduled for December.
Mbeki, ANC secretary-general Kgalema Motlanthe and other national leaders met with the provincial ANC leadership led by Premier Sbu Ndebele.
The meeting lasted for six hours and was described as "routine".
The leaders rejected suggestions that the meeting had anything to do with weekend media reports that parts of KwaZulu-Natal were to be "no-go areas" for Mbeki.
Madlala said while there was clearly no evidence to suggest "no-go areas" for Mbeki, there were areas where supporters were more loyal to ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma than to Mbeki.