Proceedings are now underway as the 54th African National Congress (ANC) elective conference kicks off at Nasrec, Johannesburg.

The conference got off to a slow start, as delegates waited for almost seven hours before the opening.

Delegates were still registering in the morning at the registration centre at the University of Johannesburg in Soweto. This is despite ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe’s assurance that the conference would resume officially at 2pm this afternoon (Saturday).

A seven-hour wait is a strange phenomenal during the National Elective Conference of the governing party. This led to many journalists having to resort to interviewing delegates who are not officially designated to communicate the party position.

The delay was also caused by the emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Saturday morning that had to deal with the court cases that dogged the party in three provinces.

The NEC took a decision to bare those branches that were affected by the court case from participating in the conference.

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