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President Jacob Zuma received a thunderous welcome from delegates at the ANC's KwaZulu-Natal conference on Friday.
As Zuma walked towards the stage, accompanied by provincial chairman Zweli Mkhize and Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale, the crowd roared his name and stomped their feet.
“Zuma, Zuma, Zuma,” reverberated around the Newcastle Show Hall.
Delegates sang songs in support of Zuma.
KwaZulu-Natal is Zuma's biggest support base and home province and has the most ANC members.
Provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala recently said the latest figures showed there were 252,637 verified members in the province.
Suspended police commissioner Bheki Cele arrived to a warm greeting on Friday.
As he walked through the crowd delegates chanted “Ndosi”, his clan name.