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Registration glitches reason for ANC conference delay

Some delegates were unable to get their accreditation at the weekend, claiming that bogus members were put on the list to represent their regions.

Delegates at the ANC national conference at Nasrec, Johannesburg on 16 December 2017. Picture: @MYANC/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - Glitches with registration at University of Johannesburg's Soweto campus became one of the reasons the African National Congress (ANC)’s 54th elective conference began late this weekend, with delegates from the North West questioning how fairly they will be represented during the votes at Nasrec.

Some political analysts say that the manner in which the ANC handled its credentials process shows a concerted effort to avoid delays by legal battles.

Some delegates were unable to get their accreditation at the weekend, claiming that bogus members were put on the list to represent their regions.

Political analyst Mcebisi Mdletyana says he's observed the process of dispute resolution during the elective conference to be fair so far.

“Everyone looks for fairness in whatever the dispute there is.”

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On who he thinks will emerge victorious, Mdletyana says he believes the ANC will choose someone who will renew the party ahead of the 2019 elections.

“But Cyril is credible when he says we’re going to renew ourselves, we’re going to do things differently.”

On Sunday, the ruling party adopted its credentials with no disputes, which means all party members were satisfied with the process.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)