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Mbete confident credentials process will get underway

If the credentials phase does not run smoothly, it will pose a huge challenge to the conference, and might even see it collapse.

ANC delegates arrive at Nasrec, Soweto for the party's national conference on 16 December 2017. Picture: @MYANC/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Outgoing African National Congress (ANC) chairperson Baleka Mbete says the credentials process will get underway on Sunday morning because officials have spent the night cleaning them up.

After a several-hours delay at the start of the programme on Saturday, the credentials process was moved to today amid allegations of bogus delegates and inflated numbers.

If the credentials phase does not run smoothly, it will pose a huge challenge to the conference, and might even see it collapse.

There were also allegations of vote rigging, with delegate numbers being inflated or members being swopped out during the registrations process at the University of Johannesburg over the last two days.

There are also new accusations that delegations from KwaZulu-Natal, the Free State and North West have inflated numbers.

Mbete conceded that officials needed more time to ensure that the credentials phase would be legitimate.

“I think they’re still cleaning up the credentials and the reason we thought we should adjourn is to give it more time.”

The media is not going to be inside the plenary for that particular session but tension is expected between the two factions who might try to discredit each other.

Mbete has, meanwhile, publicly endorsed deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa to become the next leader of the party.

She says Ramaphosa ticks all the right boxes to take the country forward.

WATCH: #ANC54: Why Baleka Mbete is endorsing Cyril Ramaphosa

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)