By Juanita Williams

Thousands of ANC delegates erupted into wild cheers when it was announced that Jacob Zuma is the president of the ruling party.

Zuma, the former deputy president of South Africa and the ANC, was the front-runner in the race for the top position since preparations for the conference in Polokwane started.

Now the ANC has to face the possibility of renewed corruption charges against the leader - a situation that secretary-general Kgalema Motlanthe described as "very difficult" at a press conference hours before the result was announced.

The marquee where the announcement was made filled with the sound of chanting and dancing - and fireworks.

The votes for the ANC's top six were counted manually after a demand from delegates at the conference.

President:

Spoiled votes: 8

Abstentions: 1

Thabo Mbeki - 1 505

Jacob Zuma - 2 329

Deputy President:

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma - 1 444

Kgalema Motlanthe - 2 346

National chairperson:

Spoiled - 7

Abstentions - 18

Baleka Mbete - 2 326

Joel Netshitenzhe - 1 475

Secretary-General:

Spoiled - 5

Abstentions - 42

Mosiuoa Lekota - 1 432

Gwede Mantashe - 2 378

Deputy Secretary-General:

Spoiled - 7

Abstentions - 82

Thoko Didiza - 1 455

Thandi Modise - 2 304

Treasurer-General:

Spoiled - 2

Abstentions - 166

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka - 1 374

Mathews Phosa - 2 328