African National Congress (ANC) stalwart Reverend Frank Chikane says the 54th ANC national elective conference is the last opportunity for party members to save the organisation.

He was addressing the Apostolic Faith Mission church assembly in Shayandima outside Thohoyandou in Limpopo on Saturday.

Chikane says the nation will measure the success of the conference by the leadership that members will elect.

“I said personally that this conference is the last moment for the members of the ANC to save the organisation and I still believe in the ANC, if they elect good leadership the masses will have confident.”

Meanwhile the race for the African National Congress leadership will reach an epic point when delegates meeting in Nasrec, Johannesburg, to nominate candidates to succeed President Jacob Zuma as leader of the governing party.

The ANC’s elective conference will on Sunday enter its second day.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and MP Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma are front-runners to replace Zuma.

Delivering his last political report on Sunday, Zuma urged those vying for the position to replace him to be principled.

“If you can lead you must be prepared to be led as well.  We must all unite behind the leadership collective that will be elected.  The movement must be the winner not the individuals.”

Also the outgoing ANC national chairperson, Baleka Mbete defended her decision to officially endorse Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for the position of party president.

She says it is based on a shared vision on how to unite the ANC and move the country forward.

Mbete who has also been in the running for the top seat made the announcement at a media briefing on Saturday.

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