Long awaited opening of ANC Conference marred by disruptions

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The start of the African National Congress (ANC) 55th National Conference was briefly disrupted by some delegates as President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his opening address at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg.

Disgruntled delegates chanted their dissatisfaction with the party’s current NEC, saying that their tenure will soon be over and that it’s about time they made way for a younger generation of leaders.

As National Chairperson Gwede Mantashe attempted to address them, delegates shouted “rest Gwede rest”, saying his time is over.

Delegates further disrupted proceedings, breaking out into song and demanding Ramaphosa to step aside.

During his opening address, Ramaphosa called on all delegates to respect proceedings and to respect the conference in its entirety.

Ramaphosa also paid homage to Chris Hani, adding that is a shame that his killer, Janusz Walus, has been released on parole.

Earlier, tons of delegates forced their way into the UNISA conference centre in Ormonde where accreditation is being done.

Hundreds of delegates had been waiting since early this morning to get accreditation.

Some delegates said they arrived on Thursday but left empty-handed.

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