ANC delegates arrive for Zuma report

2012-12-16 08:56
Bloemfontein - Groups of ANC members were arriving at the party's conference venue in Bloemfontein on Sunday morning, with some looking tired as they carried their luggage towards the venue.

"It has been a long night. We got accredited just after midnight after travelling for hours to come here," a delegate from the Eastern Cape said.

A group from Limpopo said they were still going to find their rooms on campus at the University of the Free State, where the party's elective conference was being held.

"I am tired. I was up most of the night... but there was no way I would miss this conference," said one delegate from the group.

Minutes later two groups arrived at the campus' main security check point, one singing songs supporting party president Jacob Zuma while another chanted deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe's name.

Police at the check point instructed them to stop singing as they approached the entrance.

"Order, order please, stop singing. You are not allowed to do that at this point," a police officer shouted.

Instead of singing delegates hummed their songs after going through the security checks.

The conference was scheduled to have started at 08:30.

President Jacob Zuma was expected to deliver his political report in the morning, followed by secretary general Gwede Mantashe's organisational report.

On Sunday night delegates would nominate their preferred candidates for the African National Congress's top six officials. The party's electoral commission would then reveal who had accepted nomination.

Read more on:    anc  |  jacob zuma  |  gwede mantashe  |  bloemfontein  |  mangaung 2012
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