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[ALERT] Credentials adopted, ANC conference to continue as scheduled

A total of 4,776 delegates are set to cast their ballots for the next ANC president.

A delegate from KwaZulu-Natal displaying a sign showing support for Cyril Ramaphosa at the start of the ANC's national conference on 16 December 2017. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Credentials have now been adopted at the African National Congress (ANC)'s national conference at Nasrec in southern Johannesburg.

This is a big moment for the elective conference and means that the programme will now continue as scheduled after long delays and allegations of bogus delegates and problems with registrations.

A total of 4,776 delegates are set to cast their ballots for the next ANC president.

ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte confirmed on Saturday that the programme had to be delayed to make sure the information of all delegates had been correctly captured and verified.

This is a significant moment for the conference as it was feared that should there be a potential collapse it would happen during the credentials phase.

Credentials have been adopted, however, there is still a long road ahead and it’s likely that there will be further rigorous debates and contestation around the acceptance of these credentials.

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