[LIVE BLOG] #ANC54 NEC results awaited

The new NEC is expected to play a crucial role and its composition may determine the future of President Jacob Zuma.

[WATCH LIVE] ANC NEC results awaited, conference declaration read.

Break until NEC results are announced. This may also take a while.

Ramaphosa declares conference closed.

Ramaphosa speaks a bit of TshiVenda.  Jokes with Zuma that he'll translate for him when they're alone. Ramaphosa reportedly speaks 6 SA languages. 

Ramaphosa says they will meet at ANC 106th celebrations in Eastern Cape in 2018. 2018 is also 100 years since Nelson Mandela's birth.

Ramaphosa speaks about incident with Sam Mkokeli. He says they must ensure that such incidents don't happen. The security official will be held accountable.

Ramaphosa pays tribute to Dlamini Zuma. He says she demonstrated commitment to the ANC during campaign. 

Ramaphosa thanks delegates for confidence shown in him.

Those deployed by ANC should not be source of embarrassment, Ramaphosa says.

Corruption must be fought with same intense as poverty and unemployment is fought.

Ramaphosa talks on acting against Steinhoff, he doesn't mention the company's name but references to its "financial irregularities" which saw billions lost.

We are called upon to act against corruption, collusion, in both public and private sector, Ramaphosa says.

"We are going to revamp our state-owned enterprises."

Focus on education and skills is beginning to bear fruit, Ramaphosa says.

The ANC has always sought to manage the economy in a way that advances interests of its people, Ramaphosa says.

Delegates shout "Siyavuma", Ramaphosa's campaign slogan.

Ramaphosa says ANC has resolved to expropriate land without compensation. Delegates stand and cheer. 

ANC will accelerate land reform.

Ramaphosa says and has been of grave concern to those whose land was forcibly taken from them. Land and education have caused great deal of pain and hardship and resulted in poverty we see today.

Economic policies will promote growth, job creation etc.

Ramaphosa says ANC will seek path of radical economic transformation.

Ramaphosa says ANC will work with alliance partners to repair its relations. The ANC cannot be string and effective unless we are part of strong, united alliance, he says.

Ramaphosa mentions that Zuma will soon become an ANC veteran. Says the party will seek his advice.

Ramaphosa says the ANC needs to be youth oriented. More young people need to be represented in ANC structures.

Ramaphosa speaks about patriarchy and rooting it out.

Ramaphosa says the ANC will be more responsible and accountable to the people of SA.

"As we leave this conference, we are resolved to humble ourselves before our people. We are resolved to respect our people, but also to earn their respect."

"Our people will judge this conference... by what we do next. The people of SA want action, they don't want words."

Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma sitting with ANC Women's League members.

"We've seen the ANC at its worst. We've seen an organisation divided... yet we've seen glimpses of the ANC at its best."

"United leadership is what we will give you," Ramaphosa says.

Ramaphosa on the podium.

"You [delegates] have turned your backs on the politics of slates."

"The ANC has done what it does best... It has listened to the cries and concerns of our people through the voices of the delegates who are here."

"Nasrec has not only united us, it has also strengthened us... We continue to surprise and confound our critics."

"The ANC is still here," Ramaphosa says. "We are still standing 106 years later."

"This has been a conference of enormous importance and significance...," Ramaphosa says. He talks about speculation that the conference would not hold or that it would collapse on the first day. He says the finishing of the conference is a victory over doomsayers.

"This for me is a deeply humbling moment... to address the closing session of the 54th national conference," Ramaphosa says.

Ramaphosa observes protocol including greeting ANC leaders, officials and Jacob Zuma.

Cyril Ramaphosa joins Mantashe, delegates start singing Phakama Ramaphosa.

Gwede Mantashe now on the podium. He says NEC results will be announced after the closing remarks by Ramaphosa.

"We must all... work much harder together to unite and build this glorious movement...," says Magashule.

"The ANC remains committed to the implementation of free higher education for the children of the poor and working class... starting from the 2018 academic year," Magashule says

ANC condemns modern slavery including slave trade in Libya, says Magashule.

Magashule says the ANC has resolve to root out corruption and corrupt tendencies.

Magashule says national conference has reaffirmed commitment to the economy as per Freedom Charter. He reiterates land expropriation stance, delegates cheer. 

"We emerged from the 54th national conference more united...," Magashule says.

"We convene under the theme remember Tambo," Magashule says.

Magashule reads declaration of national conference.

Magashule talks about 'missing' 68 votes. he says ANC wants to clarify and close the matter. Only 16 were found to be valid. Delegates participated in voting.

New ANC SG Ace Magashule now on the podium. He leads delegates in song.

Media is now heading back into. Looks like things are going to go into the wee hours of the morning, if the NEC results are still going to be announced now. ANC had said it is confident the national conference will wrap up today.

Enoch Godongwana live on Radio 702 on the land resolution. He says the expropriation should be done in a sustainable way.

MDDA is the Media Development and Diversity Agency.

Right now, Jackson Mthembu is reporting back on the Communications and Battle of Ideas commission. Here's what he's said so far:

Just to paint a picture of how delayed things are:

  • According to the original ANC national conference programme, the declaration of the conference was meant to be made 11am. Closing was supposed to be at 1pm.
  • As it stands, the missing 68 voters will still have to meet the party later this week.
  • Ramaphosa is yet to make his first address as ANC president.
  • Vote results for the NEC have not yet been announced.
  • Sectoral Commission reports are still being made.
  • The conference s yet to be declared.

In the words of Jacob Zuma's favourite political tune, yinde lendlela esiy'hambayo...(this journey we're on is long).

Obed Bapela now reporting back on  Legislature and Governance.

Energy Minister David Mahlobo now reporting on peace and stability commission.

Calls for sex work to be decriminalised.

Susan Shabangu and her team is now up. Discussing Social Transformation Commission.

Motshekga says the integrity commission is created by the ANC and the view was that it should be accountable to the party and make recommendations to it. 

Motshekga says the steering committee spoke about the need for ethical and moral leadership. "We want to create a moral society," he says.

On recalling Jacob Zuma as president

'As soon as possible' could mean anything between after this Christmas and 2020, by the way.

Hmmm! What does this mean for its president Collen Maine?

On electing NEC members...

Word on State Capture Inquiry

Gwede is convenor of steering committee. There is no chair because old the NEC is dissolved and new one not yet elected - 18 member steering committee is in charge in the interim.

Stand down comrades, Mzwandile Masina will not be resigning

As we wait for the NEC results...

Current situation: 

Attorney Selepe says court papers have been drafted but they have not yet been lodged.

No court action for now...


Delegates making their way back to plenary for (open & closed) sessions of the last day:

Mahumapelo says they've urged delegates to all accept today's announcement by the steering committee on the 68 votes.

Back to the votes issue:

"Zuma wa tsamaya, bohodu bo fedile!" That's the song delegates sang at Nasrec yesterday. They were saying President Jacob Zuma is leaving, no more theft.

There are conflicting reports over the missing votes issue and court action... Please stay tuned for confirmed a report.

According to ENCA lawyers are preparing to challenge missing ballot papers at Nasrec during voting for the top 6, regarding the ANC secretary general position.

Heh? On the last day? Shoo, let's wait and see.

Those close to Senzo Mchunu and the issue maintain there is no legal processes have begun.

EWN understands that a letter has been written to the steering committee by supporters of Senzo Mchunu...

Oh dear oh dear! The streets do not forget:

According to a report, the steering committee has resolved the votes issue:

Back to the votes issue: 

What is the government doing to boost the economy? Jeff Radebe says they are implementing a number of confidence boosting measures...

Today's Progressive Business Forum breakfast will be hosted by Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe: 

It's breakfast time and you know what that means right? By now you should, we hope

Speaking of today, come with us to Nasrec for the day's events

The steering committee was then locked in a meeting for hours over the votes issue. The outcome of that meeting will be announced today.

Senior counsel confirmed to EWN that they are on standby to take the dispute over votes: 

There were disputes about 63 or 68 votes for Senzo Mchunu that went missing. Mchunu lost the secretary general position to Ace Magashule.

ANCWL's president Bathabile Dlamini blasted the mother body (ANC) for not supporting women after their preferred presidential candidate, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, lost to Cyril Ramaphosa.  

A recap sounds about right...

Good morning and welcome to EWN's live blog on the ANC's national conference. Today is supposed to be the last day, let's see what happens...

Update on the NEC voting process so far:

  • Commissions met today. They will  present reports to  plenary. This might happen tonight or tomorrow morning if plenary decides. 
  • Press Briefings by  each commissions will start tomorrow after plenary presentations. Time will  be shared with you.  
  • Voting for NEC additional members continues. Plenary session for tonight is closed to the media.

Former ANC MP Makhosi Khoza, who has just started her own political party, says the inclusion of David Mabuza and Ace Magashule in the ANC Top 6 makes for a "toxic mix".

I have no regrets. What change could CR bring when surrounded by DD Mabuza as DP & Ace Magashule? . A toxic mix. Let us...

Posted by Makhosi Busisiwe Khoza on Monday, 18 December 2017

NEC voting queues are reportedly very long at Nasrec

The issue with Bloomberg's Sam Mkokeli has still not been resolved.

Images allegedly listing the NEC slates for both Ramaphosa and Dlamini Zuma.

Zizi Kodwa, Lindiwe Sisulu, Bheki Cele, Mcebisi Jonas and Pravin Gordhan among those on the alleged Ramaphosa list.

Bathabile Dlamini, Tina Joemat Petersen, Faith Muthambi, Mosebenzi Zwane are on Dlamini Zuma's slate.

Ramaphosa: SA's Trump? 

So, the American white supremacist website Breitbart, has written an article on what Ramaphosa's win means for Americans. Here's an extract from it:

But Ramaphosa’s rise is a sign that people around the world, given a choice, prefer to emulate American principles rather than the autocratic model that China and Russia represent.

Moreover, while South Africa’s political elite is decidedly anti-Trump — relying for international news on CNN and the BBC — the country has essentially emulated Trump’s example by choosing a billionaire businessman to shake up the system and drain the proverbial swamp.

Suspense, suspense...

As of now, delegates are still in commissions but expected to start making their way to plenary. It’s expected to be a closed session but could be dealing with the 68 votes.

Quick fact: At the ANC's 48th national conference, there were 2 244 voting delegates present, according to the party's website.

According to the original ANC national conference programme, announcement of the NEC is supposed to take place from 9am to 10:30am tomorrow. But, as we've come to learn over the past few days, this may very well turn into Wednesday afternoon.

Eyewitness News understands that the steering committee which has been grappling with the 68 votes dispute will now present a report on the matter to delegates at the plenary.

Not many are confident that things will wrap up by Thursday as scheduled.

Looks like we're in for another long night.

A call for Ramaphosa to condemn the treatment of media.

[WATCH] Mkokeli describes how he was man-handled. 

Urgent meeting being called by Sanef over the issue.

EWN Editor-in-Chief Katy Katopodis on the situation with journos and security officials.

[WATCH] Meanwhile, Ramaphosa addresses journalists who are still at the walkabout.

Very tense situation between journos and security.

[WATCH] Bloomberg's Sam Mkokeli being physically thrown out by security.

Some media have apparently staged a walkout after having to wait for more than 30 minutes for Ramaphosa to arrive at the walkabout. Others have had their tags confiscated.

[WATCH LIVE] EWN's Ziyanda Ngcobo gives us an update on what's been happening at Nasrec today, so far.

#ANC54 update live from Nasrec

#ANC54 update live from Nasrec

Posted by Eyewitness News on Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Lindiwe Sisulu tweets about the journey to 

Scathing responses to Dlamnini's utterances at the just-ended presser:

ANCWL presser ends.

ANCWL constantly referring to patriarchy in SA socety

WL will be answering one-on-one questions from media later on in the day.

ANCWL Chair closes the question and answer session, says WL has to go back to the sessions and fights for women.

If Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma had won, media is finding fault with the ANCWL, Dlamini says.

"There must not be those who are given special attention," Dlamini says about Manana.

"We are always going to support a woman," Dlamini says on the former Deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana assault matter.

Dlamini says she'll support Ramaphosa as ANC President, as per the culture of the party. "We are members of the ANC, before we members of the ANCWL," she adds.

"Our struggle is not about Bathabile... it's about the women of SA," Dlamini says.

"We are here to stay... We should not be pushed into a corner," Dlamini says.

Dlamini says they held meetings in all provinces and regions on which female candidate to support: 

"SA is still a patriarchal country, we had to work very hard to push our campaign." Dlamini said.

Twitter analysts says ANCWL is crying foul for nothing...

Moving back to the missing votes issue:

Bathatbile Dlamini and the rest of the ANCWL's leaders.

Dlamini closes saying "she was insulted, her credentials trampled on and reduced to an ex wife."

"This is an attack on the base of women's struggles... We were dealt a blow." Dlamini said.

Dlamini says the ANC has failed the women of South Africa.

Dlamini says ANCWL can't be happy about the outcome. She days patriarchy has once again reared its ugly head...Comrade OR Tambo must be turning in his grave.

Dlamini says having a female presidential candidate was history in the making for the ANCWL. Common cause should be fighting and defeating patriarchy, sexism and marginalization of women.

"We fought a good fight and the struggle for the emancipation of women must continue. the ANC must take a decision on how women are going to be affirmed," Dlamini says.

"We have to express our disappointment as the ANCWL," Dlamini says.

Dlamini says it notes the election of the new ANC leadership.

ANC Women's League leader Bathabile Dlamini is now addressing media.

WATCH: "Show us one black who is black mono... black black..." Ace Magashule trying to say black monopoly capital, perhaps emotions were too high?

North West premier Supra Mahumapelo says if the matter goes to plenary – he has a mandate to call for a re-vote of all top six positions.

WATCH: Supra Mahumapelo says a vote recount would be risky.

An NEC member has confirmed to Eyewitness News that the nation steering committee meeting is looking into possible discrepancies.

ANC steering committee meeting to consider queries about results. Committee is led by Secretary General’s Office. Secretary General is Ace Magashule.

A fake text is also apparently making the rounds implicating Mokonyane

Allegations around Nomvula Mokonyane are that she fraudulently include non-delegates into the conference credentials and she delayed the election outcome announcement.

"Whether the removal of Zuma will be possible is difficult to say given the outcome of the elections last night. I think it is less likely right now."

Richard Calland said.

ANC's chief whip rejects Ace Magashule as the new secretary general.

Today's PBF breakfast sponsor is iPlate - Intelligent Technology Company.

Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel to host today's Progressive Business Forum. 

Tokyo Sexwale has called on the new leadership to rectify the problems within the party:

Progressive Business Forum (PBF) breakfast briefing is due to start after 8am. Ebrahim Patel will deliver key note address.

Business Leadership SA has also wished Ramaphosa well

Congratulations keep pouring in for Ramaphosa with Nedbank saying they look forward to working with the new ANC president:

Let's cross over to Nasrec shall we? No it's not over yet so you can't leave, stay with us! 

Analyst's predictions that Ramaphosa will fire Zuma now seem unlikely as half of the ANC’s new top six is stacked with staunch supporters of the president.

Political analysts have previously predicted that Ramaphosa would recall Zuma if he is elected ANC president...

As new ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa settles into his new position, questions are being asked about how he will deal with President Jacob Zuma.

No, Jacob Zuma is still the president of the country but no longer president of the ANC. So he is the Honourable, the President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma.

So what does this mean Jacob Zuma is no longer president?

The ANC's top six was finally announced last night with Cyril Ramaphosa named as the party's new president.

Good morning and welcome back to EWN's live blog about the ANC's national conference. 

That’s it for today. The top six has been elected but the 54th National Conference continues. Attention will now turn to the election NEC members & policy discussions. Join EWN tomorrow as we bring you the latest breaking news, videos, analysis and more

The EFF's Floyd Shivambu reckons the ANC will see a decline in votes come 2019, despite Ramaphosa's win.

[WATCH IT AGAIN] The announcement of Cyril Ramaphosa as ANC president and the rest of the top 6.

Ramaphosa and Dlamini Zuma embrace after the Top 6 results announcement.

DA Leader Mmusi Maimane reacts to Ramaphosa's election.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, a staunch Dlamini Zuma supporter, congratulates the top 6 and says they have his support.

Dlamini Zuma tweets for the first since the vote results announcement. She posts an image of the Top 6, captions it "VIVA ANC".

Media boss Mzwanele Manyi says he'll support Ramaphosa.

ANC Youth League President Collen Maine reiterates his statement that the YL is ready to work with Ramaphosa.

Bathabile Dlamini trying to get away from media.

It's not over yet, folks. Voting for the NEC still underway.

Fast fingers: Cyril Ramaphosa's Wikipedia page has already been updated to reflect tonight's results. 

[QUOTE OF THE DAY] The moment Cyril Ramaphosa is announced as the 14th president of the ANC

Pastor prays for God to bless the top 6, their families. Asks God to be with them during their term. "Never forsake them, never leave them. love this organisation [the ANC]".

Pastor now praying on stage, thanking God for the success of the conferenc

[BREAKING] Treasurer General is Paul Mashatile.

[BREAKING] Deputy Secretary General is Jessie Duarte.

Shouts of Aaaaaace, Ace as Magashule comes to the stage.

[BREAKING] Secretary General is Ace Magashule

[BREAKING] Gwede Mantshe is National Chairperson.

[BREAKING] Deputy President is: David Mabuza.

Cyril Ramaphosa wins!!!!!

4708 votes cast in the elections.

Dissolution of the current top 6 first.

[WATCH LIVE] Announcement of the #ANC54 Top 6 vote results.

ANC announcement

Posted by Eyewitness News on Monday, 18 December 2017

Electoral officers now entering the hall.

Zuma singing "Umshini wam'".

Jacob Zuma now on stage. Sings his favourite tune, "Yinde le ndlela".

Sdumo Dlamini apparently playing lead singer here. Singing a number of revolutionary songs, chanting "Viva ANC

Sdumo Dlamini now back on the podium, singing "Workers, unit."

[ALERT] Rand at its strongest since late March this year.

Congratulatory messages for Ramaphosa, scathing comments for Dlamini Zuma supporters coming in from the public.

Ramphosa back at his seat now. Zuma and Duarte chat in the meantime.

The rand is certainly happy, so far.

Some reading into Ramaphosa and Dlamini Zuma's body languages and reckon Ramaphosa looks like he's won.

Nervous vibes all over the place.

What does the EFF know that we don't? 

Hmmm, Julius Malema reckons Cyril Ramaphosa has won.

ANC leaders and nominated candidates seen shaking hands, hugging, laughing and even shedding a tear or two.

[WATCH LIVE] Delegates sing songs as they wait for vote results. 

Announcement of vote results imminent.

Officials from the electoral commission handling the votes are not yet here. Mbete encourages delegates to keep singing.

Nzimande leads delegates in song as he rounds up his speech.

"We need political education... in many branches we have comrades who don't what ANC or SACP is. All they know is gate-keeping... we need to change that if our alliance is to lead," Nzimande says.

"As the SACP we are calling for a re-configuration of how the alliance operates," Nzimande says.

"We know there are regime change agendas...but we need to look at ourselves and ask are we not making mistakes that will bring about regime change agendas from the enemy," Nzimande says.

[WATCH LIVE] SACP, Cosatu deliver messages of support at the ANC national conference.

#ANC54 Messages of support

#ANC54 Messages of support

Posted by Eyewitness News on Monday, 18 December 2017
#ANC54 Messages of support

#ANC54 Messages of support

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Nzimande says SA needs and African National Congress for a number of reasons. Firstly because the ANC is only organisation capable of realising dreams and aspirations of South Africans, he says.

Blade Nzimande now on the podium for the SACP.

Cosatu leader Sdumo Dlamini now addressing delegates. He says we want land back radically. He adds that labour brokers must be banned in SA.

Delegates had wanted the messages of support session to be closed to media, but Baleka Mbete has ruled that it be open and broadcast.

Messages of support that were meant to be delivered during the weekend reportedly coming in any time now.

Calling on Julius Malema, who always has the scoop on the ANC, to leak information on the votes.

[LISTEN] Fashion at the ANC national conference has also caught the public's eye. Here's who is behind Baleka Mbete's stunning look from yesterday.

Most opposition parties have been cautiously mum. However, some leaders from the DA and EFF have posted some of their thoughts or hinted at info they may have on Twitter.

Where are the celebs? A question from the streets!

RESULTS!!!! The masses want the results chief!

Some celebrities weighing in on the ANC's conference

The thirst for these results is real!

Carl Niehaus giving some clarity on whose votes count the most:

ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu chats to Radio 702's Azania Mosaka about the stages of the ANC as a maturing party.

Jackson Mthembu chats to Azania

Posted by 702 on Monday, 18 December 2017

EWN team at it again. Some context: Our Rahima Essop (RE) is short so Thomas Holder had to do the teamwork thing, to lift her up. Go team!

A shoutout to all of the journalists covering this massive story: 

The president starts his walkabout at Vodacom in Nasrec.

journalists have surrounded the president as he walks around the exhibition centre on the sidelines of the conference.

How some NEC members voted, they vocalised it on the Twitter streets:

Not our handwriting...

In case you haven't seen Jackson Mthembu's tweet... He has made his vote clear: Cyril Ramaphosa is for him.

Anxiety and hope as South Africans wait for the result:

A report says counting of the votes has started: 

Always in the spotlight, surrounded by journalists and microphones, outgoing ANC SG Gwede Mantashe makes his last Press briefing as current SG at the #ANC54. Pictures: Thomas Holder/EWN.

NEWS JUST IN: the voting process has now been completed.

Mantashe is adamant that the ANC did not lose the Eastern Cape, just Port Elizabeth:

The outgoing SG has advice for the incoming SG

Opposition parties like the EEF are watching the conference closely, analysing where they can.

Mantashe comments on state capture and Nkandla saying it affects government...

Mantashe responds to question on whether he thinks the ANC will survive the 2019 elections :

Mantashe says the organizational report did an analysis of policies.

Mantashe has thanked the media for working with him.

Mantashe says never fight the media and never fight the church.

WATCH LIVE: Organizational report by ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. His very last briefing...

#ANC54: Organizational report by ANC Secretary General Gwede M...

#ANC54: Organizational report by ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe

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Outgoing Secretary General Gwede Mantashe to give an update on the organisational report.

What? Noooo!

DA's Mmusi Maimane campaigning in the middle of the ANC's conference. Wait Mmusi. Just wait.

No Dezemba until we get the results okay! Hang in there, stay with EWN.

Will women ever win? One person asks.

Make no mistake that it is tense behind the scenes. Having said that, for sake of stability in the country, delegates try to make sure it doesn't spill out in public and they resolve their issues.

We are nearly there... Gauteng is the only province left to vote.

Zulu says she's honoured to have been minister of SMMEs.

Lindiwe Zulu says it's important for all businesses to be linked. Zulu says school uniform should be made by locals (where the schools are).

Lindiwe Zulu says farmers should be given more opportunities

Shots fired at the PBF breakfast...

Back with those laughs... Not our handwriting!

Back to the PBF breakfast:

Those nominations for you again:

Sleepless nights for SA as we wait for our new president...

Each has strengths and weaknesses. Neither is corrupt.  

It has been three days. How are you feeling? Where are you? At home, sitting on your couch? Delegates, media - EXHAUSTED!

When will we see those results? 

Two of the tripartite alliance partners have condemned President Jacob Zuma for using his final address to defend himself

Zizi Kodwa has made his decision. He is voting for Cyril Ramaphosa. Kodwa is "readyyyyy, he is ready Ramaphosaaaaa."

People on the streets are becoming impatient, they want to know who their new president is.

When will the results be announced? The ANC said yesterday that South Africans would have the results before the markets open today...

How are those votes going? It is hard to say...

Lindiwe Zulu is going to be speak at the PBF

Provinces that still have to vote include: 
Eastern Cape
Kwazulu Natal has just [7:16am] started voting.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe will brief Media today at 9am on the party's Organisational Report.

Forgive and forget comrades: Bathabile Dlamini called for forgiveness.

The full list of the nominees for the ANC top 6 below:

Zweli Mkhize declined nomination for deputy president.

Nomvula Mokonyane declined the nomination for the position of Treasurer General of the ANC.

Those numbers and nominations for you below:

Before voting could start, it was tense.

Mzwandile Masina, in his capacity as a branch delegate, had to intervene.

On Sunday night, there were debates about voting procedures.

Recap shall we? Yes.

Good morning! Welcome to day 3 of the ANC's national conference. No announcement of the results yet. Stay with us as we bring you all of the latest. All of it. Stay. 

ANC SG Gwede Mantahse will brief Media tomorrow at 9am on the party's Organisational Report

EFF DP Floyd Shivambu has his money on Cyril Ramaphosa as the winner.

[LISTEN] Whether Cyril Ramaphosa or Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma walks away from ANC national conference as president, the two candidates' sides will not co-exist peacefully, says Bloomberg journalist Sam Mkokeli.

More delays looming.

The latest on the nominations process is that ballots are still being printed. The end is still very far, folks.

Quote of the day:

Missed the announcement of the top 6 candidates? Watch it, here.

Should SA start voting for its president the same way the US does?

With nominations in, is it now clear who will walk away as ANC President? Have your say on our Twitter poll.

The winners in each position are expected to be announced tomorrow, ANC communications official says.

Reactions to the top 6 nominations:

[RECAP] Here's a full list of the nominees for the #ANC54 #Top6

Media is now asked to leave the hall as the ANC gets to the organisational process.

Mokonyane also declines her nomination.

Zweli Mkhize withdraws his Deputy President nomination.

Nominees for Treasurer General:

  • Paul Mashatile
  • Nomvula Mokonyane
  • Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

Nominees for Deputy Secretary General:

  • Jessie Duarte
  • Zingiswa Nosi
  • Febe Gqubule-Potgieter (declined)

Nominees for Secretary General:

  • Senzo Mchunu
  • Ace Magashule

Nominees for National Chairperson:

  • Gwede Mantashe
  • Nathi Mthethwa

Nominees for presidents:

  • Cyril Ramaphosa -
  • Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

Deputy President:

  • DD Mabuza
  • Zweli Mkhize
  • Lindiwe Sisulu
  • Naledi Pandor (who declined)

4776 delegates are present at the national conference. 

Nominees now being announced, finally.

ANC contracted an election agency to consoldatie branch nominations, official says.

An official asks delegates to sit down so they can proceed.

Delegates all over the hall now, singing and dancing very close to the stage as well.

Not much of a clear way forward now. Delegates singing songs in support of their favourite candidate.

Top 6 nominations first, other nominations later, Mbete clarifies to delegates.

"It cannot carry in this way," says Naledi Pandor.

Two hours after the nominations process was meant to begin and we're nowhere close to it.

Proper identification is also a major bone of contention. 

The issue seems to be over the list of nominees.

Tony Yengeni and David Mahlobo take to the podium to try and calm things down and explain processes to delegates.

Delegates also jeering Mantashe now. Mantashe ends off by saying "we should allow the electoral commission to protect us from ourselves".

Delegates are irate and tired. one of them has even been seen sleeping on the flo

SG Gwede Mantashe steps in to try calm the situation down. He reads out the ANC electoral code.

Accreditation seems to be one of the major grievances being raised.

Delegates begin singing "lent'oyenzayo, ayilunganga" (what you're doing is not right) after being asked by Mbete to calm down and speak one at a time.

Bit of back-and-forth going on here between delegates and Mbete. Delegates want to be given more chances to speak.

Ten issues have already been raised from the floor within a space of 15 minutes.

Some delegates are not happy with the credentials of others, as well as process. 

Baleka Mbete is now on stage as the nominations process begins. Delegates raising a number of issues now, including disciplining those who are out of line.

Top 6 nominations are about to start.

Could whoever wins, do so by only a narrow margin instead of a landslide?

Journalists are now making their way to plenary

There is a closed session taking place but don't worry, we got you! We told you this before! Just look at what we have below, info:

Something to keep the masses going:

“It is not unusual to delay credentials.”
Jessie Duarte said.

There should have been more than 5000, but due to legal disputes there just over 4700 will vote.

Zizi Kodwa says the conference will not go beyond 20 December. So don't worry, you will have Christmas!

Results will be announced on Monday morning. You will know who your new president will be by Monday morning. Hang in there.

People had to be removed, Duarte said.

Jessie Duarte says the ANC had to delay the credential by a day given the outcome of the courts in KZN, Free State and Bojanala Region in the North West.

[IN PICTURES] United, sharing light moments... See ANC members like Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela share a kiss, Lindiwe Sisulu laughing... ahhh good times!

BREAKING: #ANC54 Credentials at the conference have now been adopted and the programme will continue as scheduled.

Minister Bathabile Dlamini says she can’t comment on the reported numbers for her candidates, but in 8 hours they may have voted.

Khoi-San Mass Movement members say they want their language to be made official.

[WATCH] A group of Khoi-San Mass Movement members outside Nasrec protest saying they want the new top 6 to meet them.

[QUOTABLE] Collen Maine says he is prepared to support any leader who emerges victorious from the voting process, even if it's Cyril Ramaphosa.

[MUST WATCH] ENCA's Ueveka Rangapaa and the ANCYL's Collen Maine robustly talk about fee-free higher education announcement, the youth and the ANC. 

President Jacob Zuma used his final address as ANC leader to hit out at the judiciary, civil society organisations, the media and members of his own parliamentary caucus for the way in which they are holding him and his ministers to account.

Words from Rob Davies: 

The hashtag #FreeEducation has grown hugely on Twitter, lost of mixed reaction; some saying yay free education! Others are skeptical, questioning where the money will come from. Which camp do you fall under?

Davies says he wants to focus on digital disruption in the context of radical economic transformation.

Rob Davies says they need to bring fundamental change to the structure of the economy.

Zweli Mkhize says overall the conference is going well: 

Zweli Mkhize at the PBF talks about growing the economy:

The Progressive Business Forum's breakfast session.

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