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Mbete urges delegates at conference to refrain from factional songs

Supporters of the two front runners in the race for the ANC presidency have been singing songs in support of their preferred candidates.

Outgoing ANC President Jacob Zuma chats with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa before the start of the ANC's elective conference on 16 December 2017. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) national chairperson Baleka Mbete has urged delegates at the party’s national conference to refrain from singing factional songs.

Supporters of the two front runners in the race for the ANC presidency have been singing songs in support of their preferred candidates.

Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma are in a close two-horse race for the top post.

Dlamini Zuma has the support of the ANC women’s, youth and veteran’s leagues.

She is also regarded as the president’s annointed successor.

Delegates from provinces that overwhelmingly support her were also receptive to Jacob Zuma

Zuma delivered his final political report on Saturday.

“You gave me this responsibility. I’d like to thank you and humble myself and say I tried my best.”

Delegates were on their feet cheering when he thanked them for allowing him to lead the party.

To those who turned on him, Zuma said he bears no grudges.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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