African National Congress (ANC) Presidential hopeful Baleka Mbete announced on Saturday that she would withdraw her quest to be party president and will now throw her weight behind Cyril Ramaphosa.

Mbete was speaking on the sidelines of the ANC’s National Conference underway in Johannesburg.

After a difficult first day, with slow progress, the plenary sessions were eventually adjourned until Sunday. Proceedings are expected to resume at 09:00 on Sunday morning.

Earlier on there questions regarding the credentials of some of the delegates. The issue will now be dealt with on Sunday. Mbete says this is to give more time for the issue to be sorted.

This effectively means that the conference is running a day behind schedule.


Earlier President Jacob Zuma officially opened the conference. Watch below for his full speech: