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Zuma repeats calls for unity at KZN ANC elective conference

The province’s ANC's conference has been rocked by delays and calls for unity.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma leads delegates in song as he closes NGC. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has repeated calls for unity during his keynote address at the KwaZulu-Natal African National Congress (ANC)'s elective conference in Pietermaritzburg.

The gathering is seen by some as the stage for a tense battle for control of the province between supporters of KwaZulu-Natal ANC leader and Premier Senzo Mchunu and provincial secretary Sihle Zikilala.

The province's party's conference has been rocked by delays and calls for unity as supporters of the two have been showing their support for them publicly.

The nominations started off to a rocky start with delegates contesting some nominations and elections agency having to recount the votes.

The ANC's deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte also asked the agency to recount the votes as she was not happy with the process.

Nominations for the top five positions have now been finalised.

Zuma has told delegates the ordinary people of the province are not concerned by factional politics but want their lives to be improved.

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