ANC Gauteng conference kicks off

The party is also expected to iron out its plans for the 2016 local govt elections.

The ANC in Gauteng's 12th conference kicks off today. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - Today marks the first day of the African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng's 12th conference, where new leadership will be elected.

The party is also expected to iron out its plans for the 2016 local government elections.

Thousands of delegates from across the province will debate pertinent issues in the province such as e-tolling, water shortages and the e-toll billing crisis.

Much of the current ANC leadership in Gauteng is expected to retain their positions.

Delegates have already started arriving at the Saint George Hotel in Irene this morning and ANC insignia and regalia are displayed throughout the venue.

E-tolling is expected to be one of the big discussion points with the focus on Gauteng Premier David Makhura's review panel into the system.

Makhura is the outgoing secretary of the ANC in Gauteng and speculation is mounting that he will now be appointed deputy chairman.

Long-time ANC chair in Gauteng Paul Mashatile, will most likely return to his position while former health MEC Hope Papo is being lobbied for secretary.

The conference is due to start later this morning, with an opening address by Deputy ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa.