They have requested the court to immediately interdict the PTT from carrying out duties pending their application's outcome and to reinstate the disbanded PEC led by Mahumapelo.
In his founding affidavit, Motswana denied that their PEC was not operating in line with the party's vision for the 2019 national elections and argued that talk of factions arose prior to the ANC's national elective conference
"It was only in the build-up to the 2017 national conference that the ANC in all provinces, not just the North West, experienced divisions within the party as part of the national leadership race.
"The NW was not immune to the mood of factionalism that had gripped the organisation," Motswana stated in the court papers.
Earlier this month, The Sunday Times published an article and picture in which it said former president Jacob Zuma met with, in what was described as a clandestine meeting, among others, ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule, Mahumapelo, ANC Women's League secretary Meokgo Mtuba and ANC Youth League KZN secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo at a hotel in Durban. The meeting was believed to have discussed a fightback strategy that involved launching court action to challenge the outcome of last year's ANC national conference and the disbandment of the North West PEC.