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ANC delegates caucus ahead of nominations

By constantly holding these meetings, campaigners want to ensure that delegates are still on the same page with them .

Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa share a laugh before the start of the ANC's 54th national conference on 16 December 2017. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Delegates supporting Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma met on Sunday afternoon to caucus ahead of the nomination process later in the evening.

In the next few hours, about 4,700 delegates are due to vote for the African National Congress (ANC) leadership at the party's 54th national conference at the Nasrec complex in Johannesburg.

They are merely to consolidate the support and keep delegates in check.

Supporters of Cyril Ramaphosa also met on Saturday night where they were reminded who they must throw their support behind.

It's understood delegates who are behind Dlamini Zuma met at a nearby stadium and they also met on Sunday morning.

By constantly holding these meetings, campaigners want to ensure that delegates are still on the same page with them and won't change their mandate when voting starts.

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Delegates have been debating a constitutional proposal amendment to have two deputy secretary generals.

When this was recommended in July at the party’s policy conference, the proposal was that one deputy secretary general would look at monitory evaluation and communications, while the other looks at organisational work.

What will happen after that is that nominations will be open where delegates will rise from the floor to nominate leaders for the top official positions and those nominated will be given an opportunity to either decline or accept the nomination.

Then the electoral commission will take over while conference continues and delegates will start voting, a process meant to take a while.

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