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#ANC54: The conference is finally underway

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The ANC's 54th national congress has finally gotten underway with interfaith church leaders offering prayers for the smooth running of the gathering.

Outgoing ANC chairwoman Baleka Mbete starts proceedings at Nasrec conference on Saturday. PHOTO: Getrude Makhafola/ANA

Johannesburg  – The African National Congress (ANC) has finally kicked off at Nasrec, Johannesburg, on Saturday, hours after it was scheduled to begin.

Delegates made their way to plenary hall and then broke into song as they waited for outgoing party chairperson Baleka Mbete to start proceedings. 

Mbete started opened the conference by calling on the interfaith church leaders to come and pray. “Lizalise idinga lakho” was the song opene the conference.

ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete gets the elective conference underway in Johannesburg on Saturday.
PHOTO: Jonisayi Maromo/ANA

The conference was delayed as the national executive committee (NEC) held an impromptu meeting to iron out the contentious court judgments.

The NEC decided to exclude KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and North West’s Bojanala district, whose leadership had to deal with court challenges brought by disgruntled members, from voting at the conference.

The hotly contested conference will end Wednesday.

African News Agency and IOL