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#ANC54 conference to kick off after delays

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says about 6,000 delegates are attending proceedings this afternoon.

Delegates inside the main hall at the ANC's 54th national conference on 16 December 2017. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress's (ANC) elective conference is due to officially begin soon following a five-hour delay, registration hiccups and an important national executive committee decision barring certain delegates from voting.

It seems the conference is just about to get underway with ANC spokesperson Khusela Sangoni saying the journalists will be ushered into the plenary in batches of 15.

But he also outlined that the reason why the conference hasn’t started is because the delegates were still having lunch.

It’s understood registration is still underway at the University of Johannesburg and it’s unclear if the ANC will wait for those registrations to be done before they can start with the conference as some of those delegates will be needed to go through the credential process.

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At the same time, ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa says about 6,000 delegates are attending proceedings this afternoon.

“We’ll go into a closed session at about 5pm this evening where we shall get credentials about the status of the meeting itself. After that we will take nominations for the top six and then discuss the organisational report. While we do that, people will be voting for the top six. On Sunday morning, we expect the ANC to announce a new leader and the new top six.”