Niehaus: Conference glitches, delays not unusual

There is still uncertainty over when the programme will begin today.

ANC members sing and dance inside the plenary before the ANC’s national conference begins on 16 December 2017. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) national executive committee member Carl Niehaus says that it is not unusual for there to be glitches in the administrative processes at a national conference, adding that if a new ANC leader is not announced on Sunday, this can simply be done on Monday.

On Saturday, Niehaus spoke out against ANC members who approached the courts to solve party disputes.

“It’s not the end of the world if we don’t hear the announcement today. Tomorrow is another day, so I’m not too worried about that.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to get the voting process going today and hopefully we can still have that announcement later in the day or in the evening but time schedules in conferences like this have to be flexible.”

Regarding the credentials process and the very slow start to this conference, he says he believes everything will be sorted out by later today.

There is still uncertainty over when the programme will begin today.

It was supposed to be 9am but as yet, there’s no sign that it is anywhere close to starting.