Provincial delegates at the 54th African National Congress are already seated as they wait for the plenary to get underway, which was schedule to start at 2pm.
There was a lot of singing and dancing as delegates made their way to the venue . The songs centered mostly on on the two leading candidates to succeed President Jacob Zuma; former African Union chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Earlier Saturday, the party’s Secretary General Gwede Mantashe announced that the NEC will go with the court rulings regarding the delegates from the Free State and one region in the North West.
Political analyst Susan Booysen says the barring of some delegates from voting has made the situation more volatile.
“If the race is close enough that could be a real crucial moment. It is not coincidental that the lost delegates votes come from league provinces that have been supporting Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma strongly and it raises important questions as how mismanaged or corrupted these voting processes were.”