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Dlamini Zuma: ANC conference must be a safe place for delegates

ANC presidential nominee Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, who has been nominated by 454 branches in KZN, says the time for singing songs in their names is over.

FILE: ANC presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. Picture: Twitter/@DlaminiZuma.

DURBAN - African National Congress (ANC) presidential nominee Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma says the elective conference next week must be a safe place for delegates.

Dlamini Zuma addressed hundreds of branch delegates at the KwaZulu-Natal provincial general council on Tuesday afternoon. It’s the same gathering that nominated her for the top office.

Cyril Ramaphosa, who had been tipped that 193 branches nominated him, has had his number reduced by two.

With less than two weeks to go before the ANC elects a new leadership, the votes are in and Cyril Ramaphosa is leading the race with 1,861 branch nominations, compared to Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma's 1,309.

Earlier on Tuesday, officials from the elections agency, which is an internal ANC electoral organ, declared that there had been discrepancies in the initial numbers announced.

The Elections Agency's Bontle Mpakanyane explained there was a discrepancy in the numbers from the Moses Mabhida and Abaqulusi regions.

However, she emphasised that it didn't change the overall figure.

Dlamini Zuma, who has been nominated by 454 branches in KZN, says the time for singing songs in their names is over.

“We must sing ANC songs that unite all of us, not the presidential hopefuls’ songs.”

'WE MUST GET OUR HOUSE IN ORDER'

KwaZulu-Natal ANC chair Sihle Zikalala says the electorate has sent an unambiguous message to the party that the organisation needs to straighten out its priorities.

Zikalala was speaking during his closing address at the KZN provincial general council in Durban on Tuesday afternoon.

Zikalala says members must not allow themselves to be provoked.

“The unambiguous message from the electorate was that we must get our house in order and focus on what matters to the lives of our people.”

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(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)