Cape Town - 121016 - The ANC responds to the proposed closure of schools. Marius Fransman, WC Regional Chairperson continues his race-based argument, arguing that this is a means to continue to undermining and control of blacks in the province, while Cosas Secretary, Samkelo Mqomboti vows that no school will be allowed to shut down, and Donald Grant will be made to see the errors in his way. REPORTER: ILSE FREDERICKS. PICTURE: THOMAS HOLDER

The Northern Cape ANC provincial nomination conference in Kimberley started late on Friday.

Proceedings were supposed to start at 9am but eventually got under way just before noon.

The conference at the Jimmy Summers Hall started with heavy security measures in place.

Northern Cape ANC leader John Block and provincial secretary Zumane Saul were at the hall listening to messages of support from alliance partners.

Proceedings were taking place in an ordered and quiet manner. - Sapa