Johannesburg - The African National Congress (ANC) has finally kicked off at Nasrec, Johannesburg, on Saturday, hours after it was scheduled to begin.
Delegates made their way to plenary hall and then broke into song as they waited for outgoing party chairperson Baleka Mbete to start proceedings.
"Anything divisive, comrades, will not be allowed in this conference," Mbete told the thousands of delegates.
She opened the conference by calling on the interfaith church leaders to come and pray. "Lizalise idinga lakho" was the song opened the conference.
The conference was delayed as the national executive committee (NEC) held an impromptu meeting to iron out the contentious court judgments.
The NEC decided to exclude KwaZulu-Natal, Free State and North West’s Bojanala district, whose leadership had to deal with court challenges brought by disgruntled members, from voting at the conference.
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The hotly contested conference will end Wednesday.
African News Agency and IOL