eThekwini beset by infighting and ghost memberships
The Mercury reported on Monday the branch – which is also President Jacob Zuma's stronghold – was disorganised ahead of the ANC's December electoral conference.
According to the newspaper, former national police commissioner Bheki Cele had been excluded from the voters' roll in ward 74, Lamontvillle, Durban..
Cele is the region's former chairperson and one-time Zuma ally.
He told the newspaper he saw nothing sinister in his exclusion and blamed "inefficient administration".
Cele said he had asked his branch secretary to take up the matter with regional secretary Bheki Ntshangase.
Ntshangase on Sunday denied all allegations levelled at him and the regional leadership.
He told the Mercury there were many reasons why names could be left off the voters roll, including "human error".
Other reasons were that the person was not a "member in good standing" when the audit was done.
He would have to investigate the Cele matter before making any comment on it, he told the paper.
Members whose names are not on the roll cannot be part of the Mangaung nomination process – or part of delegations to Mangaung.
According to some branch leaders, some regional leaders forged or allowed signatures to be forged in instances where pro-Zuma branches could form a quorum to nominate leaders, the paper reported.
In terms of the ANC's constitution, a branch meeting must have more than 50% of its members present for it to proceed with nomination of leaders and delegates to represent it at an elective conference.
Allegations of vote-rigging and ghost membership ahead of the conference have been so widespread that some branches have now demanded an audit of the signatures to ensure their authenticity.
Those thought to be anti-Zuma were reportedly being sidelined.
In KwaZulu-Natal, only 445 of 824 branches had held general meetings so far. – Additional reporting by Sapa.