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ANC leaving nothing to chance to avoid contaminated conference

The three provinces affected are staunch Dlamini Zuma supporters and this decision could swing the balance decisively in favour of her rival.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe pictured (L) during a press conference at the ANC’s 54th national conference on 16 December 2017. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) is leaving nothing to chance to prevent any derailment of its national conference.

The decision by the national executive committee (NEC) to nullify the voting rights of delegates from the North West, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal following Friday's court rulings shows just how wary the outgoing leadership is of putting the legitimacy of proceedings at risk.

Aimed at preventing a fight over credentials collapsing the conference, the decision could be a game changer. It will see provincial leaders and campaign organisers for the main presidential contenders Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma recalculating their support.

The three provinces affected are staunch Dlamini Zuma supporters and this decision could swing the balance decisively in favour of her rival.

The decision means the provincial executive members from the two provinces and delegates from North West’s Bojanala region, including a significant number of branches, will not be eligible to vote.

But the final number of voting delegates will only become clear when deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte presents the credentials report after the start of the conference, now expected at 2 pm.

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