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ANC conference held up by credential issues

The party’s 54 national conference started late after the national executive committee met to discuss the court battles in three provinces.

President Jacob Zuma, Cyril Ramaphosa, Zweli Mkhize and Baleka Mbete sing the national anthem at the ANC's 54th national conference. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) is now set to discuss the issue of credentials at about 10pm after a number of delegates complained that they are not on the list to vote for new leadership.

The party’s 54 national conference started late after the national executive committee met to discuss the court battles in three provinces.

It was decided that members of the provincial executive committee's in these provinces would not be able to vote.

At the same time, ANC deputy secretary general Jesse Duarte says the credentials process for the conference has not yet been finalised.

Some delegates who have not yet been able get their accreditation due to alleged discrepancies say they’re disappointed, and believe that they’re being excluded because of factionalism.

While the majority of ANC delegates have been able to witness the opening of the conference, some have been left angry and frustrated.

Some delegates from Limpopo claim that bogus members have been put on the list to represent their regions because they support Cyril Ramaphosa.

“They take us out and put bogus delegates there.”

Another said, “I’m a legitimate delegate nominated by my branch to take part in the conference and I’m hurt not to be in there.”

Meanwhile, a woman from the Eastern Cape says she supports Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and she found the registration process smooth.

“The ANC is handling things smoothly inside.”

It’s not clear if delegates who have not yet been accredited will be able to take part in the conference.

WATCH: Registration issues leave ANC delegates in limbo

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