December 16 - Outging ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete gets proceedings underway at Nasrec. Photo: ANA/Getrude Makhafola

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ANC elective national conference finally gets underway in Johannesburg

JOHANNESBURG, December 16 – The African National Congress’s elective national conference made a late start at Nasrec in Johannesburg, hours after it was scheduled to begin.
Delegates made their way to the plenary hall and then broke into song as they waited for outgoing party chairperson Baleka Mbere to start proceedings.
Supporters of the two front runner slates, that of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and former African Union chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, sang praises for their preferred leaders, making the popular change sign.
The conference was delayed as the ANC national executive committee (NEC) held an impromptu meeting to iron out the contentious court judgments. The NEC decided to exclude KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, and North West’s Bojanala district from voting at the conference, whose leadership had to deal with court challenges brought by disgruntled members. The hotly contested elective conference will end on Wednesday.
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