Ballot error means NEC voting will continue through the night

2017-12-19 21:00

Voting for the 80 additional NEC members will continue through the night at #ANC54. It was forced to restart at 21:00 following an initial ballot error. Read on for how the day unfolded.

Visit our special report, #ANCVotes, for all the news, analysis and opinions about the ANC’s national elective conference.


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19 Dec 22:44


Bloomberg News has condemned the treatment of its journalist Sam Mkokeli by security officials at the ANC elective conference on Tuesday. Read full statement below: 

Statement from Bloomberg News: Treatment of Journalists at 54th ANC Elective Conference 

"We are extremely disheartened by the treatment of our South African political reporter Sam Mkokeli and other journalists at the ANC elective conference today.

As an international news organisation that has been present in South Africa for more than 20 years, we work to ensure our reporting is fair, accurate and transparent to benefit the public good.

While we appreciate that his accreditation has been returned, this sort of behavior does not belong in a country whose Constitution guarantees freedom of the press."

19 Dec 21:32

Voting for the NEC's 80 additional members will continue through the night.

Nine ANC Commissions will present reports to plenary, either tonight or tomorrow morning, depending on what plenary decides in tonight's closed session.

Each commission will present to the media thereafter some time on Wednesday.

Counting for the NEC positions will take place some time in the early hours on Wednesday, with announcement due later in the day tomorrow.

The issue of the disputed 63 votes will also be addressed at plenary tomorrow.

Tune in to News24 for more live updates tomorrow, for the last scheduled day of the ANC's 54th national conference.

19 Dec 21:29

Bloomberg reporter and chairperson of the SA National Editors Forum's media freedom committee Sam Mkokeli has finally returned to the media area at the Nasrec venue.

He celebrates his return with colleagues, the ANC's DIP unit and minister Lindiwe Zulu, who was in the room at the time.

19 Dec 21:29

Bloomberg reporter and chairperson of the SA National Editors Forum's media freedom committee Sam Mkokeli has finally returned to the media area at the Nasrec venue.

He celebrates his return with colleagues, the ANC's DIP unit and minister Lindiwe Zulu, who was in the room at the time.

19 Dec 21:12


Nine ANC Commissions met today to discuss the party's stance on certain policies, such as radical economic transformation and land reform.

They will present reports to plenary, either tonight or tomorrow morning, depending on what plenary decides in tonight's closed session.

Each commission will present to the media thereafter some time on Wednesday.

Voting for additional NEC members continues.

19 Dec 21:05
Mkokeli was complimentary of the way the ANC's communications unit, DIP, has handled the matter and issues with security and police in general.

"DIP has been great to us here and at previous conferences despite our disagreements about the unnecessary fence and movement restrictions," he said.

19 Dec 21:01

Bloomberg journalist Sam Mkokeli has finally been allowed back into the Nasrec venue for the ANC's national conference.

He has been waiting for nearly six hours after being ejected for asking how much longer they would need to wait to be briefed by new ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa.

19 Dec 20:43
"The Ballot Paper has been corrected and Voting has now resumed. Please inform all delegates to proceed to the voting stations. Those who had already voted MUST go and vote again!" reads a message sent to the delegates.

19 Dec 20:39
Voting for NEC has had to restart after new ballots were printed. Delegates who had already voted for their NEC picks will have to start the process again.

19 Dec 20:37

Voting for the 80 additional NEC members has had to restart after new ballots were printed, News24 has learnt.

Delegates who had already voted for their NEC picks will have to start the process again.

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19 Dec 19:15
Voting is not taking place by province, they are taking place per commission.

All 4776 delegates were part of one of nine ANC commissions, that discussed various policy issues on Tuesday, including radical economic transformation and land reform.

They will vote in those blocks.

19 Dec 19:06

A handful of delegates relax and take in the evening air while their colleagues vote for 80 new NEC members inside hall 6  in the far background.

(Picture: Paul Herman, News24)

19 Dec 18:51

"Still waiting outside gate 16. Battery dying. Deadlines deadlines!" says senior journalist Sam Mkokeli.

His accreditation tag is on his way back to him though, the ANC has assured.

19 Dec 18:49


Sanef has met with the ANC following what happened to journalist and chair of Sanef's media freedom subcommittee, Sam Mkokeli and many other journalists covering the ANC's elective conference in Nasrec.

Since this afternoon's incident, Sanef has received many complains from reporters who've experienced similar things at the hands of security officials.

These include pictures which have been deleted, a journalist who was punched in the stomach, another journalist with prosthetic legs who was pushed down and female journalists who have reported being inappropriately touched by marshals inside the Plenary hall.?

The meeting was very productive and the ANC has apologised for what happened today.

They will now try and get Mkokeli's accreditation back, after he handed it over to avoid being further manhandled.??

The ANC has requested journalists who experience who've been ill-treated to report all incidents as soon as they happen so that they can attend to them.

The ANC has also pledged to investigate today's matter and speak to security about incidents of inappropriate behaviour and touching by marshals. The ANC has also reported security breaches by journalists.

As Sanef we will continue to ask for the ANC to be more transparent and allow a free flow of information. We are however appealing to our members to respect the security arrangements currently in place - as uncomfortable and undesirable as they may be.

- Issued by SANEF chairperson Mahlatse Mahlase.

19 Dec 18:35
WATCH: Cyril flashes his cash for Nasrec souvenirs

19 Dec 18:27
News24 understands that the marathon process of voting for the ANC's 80 additional national executive committee members is officially underway.

19 Dec 18:19
WATCH: Journalists seen as barbarians - manhandled journalist

19 Dec 18:17


- The dispute over the 'quarantined' 63 votes was meant to be discussed and debated at the next plenary session, which was due to start 18:00.

- It is unclear though if this will still happen today.

- It is rumoured that the issue will be "dropped", and the results for the top 6 will stand, but this is not official.

 -Voting for the 80 additional NEC members meanwhile has officially begun, after nominations were completed on Tuesday night.

- The make-up of the party's NEC will be crucial for a Ramaphosa-led ANC over the next five years, as it is the highest-decision making body in the party between elective conferences, and has the power to recall deployees from positions.

19 Dec 17:57

ANC apologises for media treatment

SANEF chairperson Mahlatse Mahlase met with the ANC's communications unit, which is handling media issues at the venue, to raise "a whole host of issues".

"As far as Sam Mkokeli is concerned, they will go back to police to talk about the incident.

"One of the key things they asked for was they'd like reporters, if they do encounter any incident, to report them immediately.

"We've had journalists complain that footage has been removed from their cameras; we had women journalists complain that security marshals, when checking their cards... they touched them inappropriately."

The ANC's DIP unit has treated journalists well, many have said. The problems have arisen during incidents with security and police personnel beyond the delegate fence.

"There was an apology, which was quite important to us, because they said they do not want to make our jobs difficult."

The DIP unit had their own set of restrictions and were trying to work around them as best as possible, she said.

There have also been incidents where journalists genuinely breached security.

"And obviously we would condemn that as SANEF."

They were hopeful Mkokeli would get his accreditation tag back from police.

19 Dec 17:35

19 Dec 17:32

ANC responds to journalist being manhandled:

"We are actually working on it. Bear with us colleagues. Words cannot express our disappointment," says ANC spokesperson Motalatale Modiba.

"We are on your side and we are working on returning Sam’s tag. Can we be informed where there are incidents to avoid us (sic)?"

19 Dec 17:25

"You assaulted him. You assaulted him."

"Then he must go and open a case," says Lieutenant General Tankiso Moshoeshoe.

WATCH the incident unfold:

19 Dec 17:21
Most journalists have praised the ANC's DIP unit, for organizing media activities in the precinct.

"The DIP are good to us and we appreciate them. Its the security rules and conduct that makes things difficult."

19 Dec 17:19
Journalists have demanded that senior colleague Sam Mkokeli be given his accreditation back and allowed back into the ANC's 54th elective conference.

He was escorted by police out of Expo Centre precinct and left at one of the gates in the surrounding Nasrec area.

19 Dec 17:16
Newly elected ANC deputy president David Mabuza and secretary-general Ace Magashule used presidential candidate Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to advance their own campaigns, says the ANC Women's League.

19 Dec 16:54
An update on the disputed vote count:

19 Dec 16:50
Meanwhile, returning to the disputed vote count, EFF leader Julius Malema reveals more of what he knows about the ANC's processes.

19 Dec 16:36
More incidents being reported: "I was also constantly shoved and pushed by president's bodyguards as well as some guy from DIP office while trying to take pics of Zuma."

Daily Maverick's Marienne Merten says: "And security generally has been nasty, not hard. Journalists have been pushed, hit, that grabbing of access tags to check whatever is certainly uncomfortable for me as a woman journalist..."

19 Dec 16:33
Head of ANC security Mora Mpiti Ya Sekake has apologised for the incident in the ANC's official communication Whatsapp group.

"I'm responsible for security as far as media is concerned. I would like to have the name of the journalist so as for me to take it up with... and address the matter, my apologies if media feels security is hard on them."

SANEF chairperson Mahlatse Mahlase said they were on their way to raise the steady outpouring of issues journalists have had with security at the ANC's national conference.

19 Dec 16:29

The name of the security official that manhandled senior journalist Sam Mkokeli was Lieutenant General Tankiso Moshoeshoe, commander of the SAPS VIP unit: events planning.

The ANC's communication team have been made aware of the incident and Moshoeshoe's conduct.

19 Dec 16:24
Facebook Live footage from Ramaphosa's walkabout earlier, captured by News24 Video.

19 Dec 16:19
"What also made many of the journalists unhappy was that they were forced to wait for the new president, but were also told they were not going to be allowed to ask him any questions," says Fin24's Lameez Omarjee.

19 Dec 16:18

More and more stories of media intimidation emerging:

"I was threatened with having my accreditation taken away by a security man because I was talking with a delegate who had stopped me to ask about where it would be best for him to do a law degree!!!"

19 Dec 16:16
"A disabled photographer was pushed yesterday in plenary. He kept telling ANC security he was disabled, but they didn’t listen and pushed him to the floor because he couldn’t move fast enough," says one journalist.

"Yesterday my tag was almost taken away because a provincial leader stopped to talk to me outside the plenary," says another.

19 Dec 16:14

Journalists are now sharing incidents of how they have been intimidated at the 54th conference in the ANC's formal communication WhatsApp group.

"We are professionals here to do a job. Who is in charge? The ANC or State Security?" says Power FM's Hajra Omarjee.

19 Dec 16:09
Sam Mkokeli is the chairperson of the South African National Editors Forum’s sub committee on media freedom.

19 Dec 16:01

19 Dec 15:57
Media people with cameras were allowed in to take pictures of the new ANC president, says News24's Jerusha Sukhdeo-Raath.

Those who work for print or other mediums who did not have cameras, including Mkokeli, were told to wait outside.

19 Dec 15:54
"My only crime was to complain about the ANC's unprofessional conduct when they made us wait for almost an hour for a Ramaphosa briefing," Mkokeli tweeted again.

19 Dec 15:53
It appears as though some journalists have decided to boycott the briefing. They have been waiting for almost an hour.

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19 Dec 15:47
Mkokeli and other journalists not happy with the treatment at this year's conference.

19 Dec 15:47
"He just questioned why they were keep us waiting in sun," says News24's Jan Gerber.

19 Dec 15:42

"ANC security has confiscated my tag. Told to follow security," Mkokeli tweeted on Tuesday.

"I suspect I'm being arrested."

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