ANC Free State delegates' tags 'snatched' during commotion at registration centre

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ANC delegates at plenary during the party's national elective conference. Photo: Deaan Vivier
ANC delegates at plenary during the party's national elective conference. Photo: Deaan Vivier
  • Free State delegates' tags were 'snatched' when a scuffle broke out at the ANC's registration centre on Saturday. 
  • Other challenges experienced during registration included poor network connectivity and load shedding.
  • A total of 4426 voting delegates will determine who becomes the next leader of the ANC. 

ANC Free State delegates' tags were snatched during a commotion at the party's national conference registration centre in Johannesburg on Saturday. 

While delivering the credentials report, national executive member Senzo Mchunu noted that there was "one unfortunate incident [that happened] during registration, where a fight broke out among Mangaung delegates."

He said that during the commotion, "someone grabbed, and ran away with, the Free State delegates' tags." The party was then forced to re-issue the Free State tags based on "different colours". 

According to the credentials report, other challenges experienced included problems with the "new system of registration, poor network connectivity in the venue, poor process flow, equipment, and load shedding".

Registration started on Wednesday, with the busiest period taking place on Thursday, causing several delays. 

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Mchunu said registration only closed at 15:30.

Voting delegates

A total of 4426 voting delegates will determine who becomes the next leader of the ANC. 

The report noted that 99% of the expected delegates had been registered by the time the conference got underway. The largest delegation to the conference is KwaZulu-Natal, with 876 delegates registered, followed by the Eastern Cape and Limpopo.

During his address to the media on Saturday, ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe remained adamant that despite the delays, the conference would complete its work. 

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