[WATCH LIVE] ANC NEC results awaited, conference declaration read.
[LIVE BLOG] #ANC54 NEC results awaited
The new NEC is expected to play a crucial role and its composition may determine the future of President Jacob Zuma.
Just to paint a picture of how delayed things are:
- According to the original ANC national conference programme, the declaration of the conference was meant to be made 11am. Closing was supposed to be at 1pm.
- As it stands, the missing 68 voters will still have to meet the party later this week.
- Ramaphosa is yet to make his first address as ANC president.
- Vote results for the NEC have not yet been announced.
- Sectoral Commission reports are still being made.
- The conference s yet to be declared.
In the words of Jacob Zuma's favourite political tune, yinde lendlela esiy'hambayo...(this journey we're on is long).
Update on the NEC voting process so far:
- Commissions met today. They will present reports to plenary. This might happen tonight or tomorrow morning if plenary decides.
- Press Briefings by each commissions will start tomorrow after plenary presentations. Time will be shared with you.
- Voting for NEC additional members continues. Plenary session for tonight is closed to the media.
Ramaphosa: SA's Trump?
So, the American white supremacist website Breitbart, has written an article on what Ramaphosa's win means for Americans. Here's an extract from it:
But Ramaphosa’s rise is a sign that people around the world, given a choice, prefer to emulate American principles rather than the autocratic model that China and Russia represent.
Moreover, while South Africa’s political elite is decidedly anti-Trump — relying for international news on CNN and the BBC — the country has essentially emulated Trump’s example by choosing a billionaire businessman to shake up the system and drain the proverbial swamp.
Ballot counting appears to be underway after a 10-hour voting session at the ANC’s 54th national conference, with some saying the voting process has been completed.
Outgoing ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe says there was what he calls dirty tricks during campaigning for the next party leadership but the movement wants to focus its energies on regaining lost ground.