ANC delegates sing and dance at the main hall, waiting to be addressed by the outgoing ANC president Jacob Zuma. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
ANC delegates sing and dance at the main hall, waiting to be addressed by the outgoing ANC president Jacob Zuma. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
Some ANC delegates sleeping during the conference at the main hall, waiting to be addressed by the outgoing ANC president Jacob Zuma. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
Some ANC delegates sleeping during the conference at the main hall, waiting to be addressed by the outgoing ANC president Jacob Zuma. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
The outgoing ANC President Jacob Zuma addressing the delegates in the conference. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
The outgoing ANC President Jacob Zuma addressing the delegates in the conference. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
The outgoing ANC president Jacob Zuma addressing the delegates. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
The outgoing ANC president Jacob Zuma addressing the delegates. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
Outgoing ANC top leaderdership, from left to right: Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte, Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, President Jacob Zuma, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Treasurer Zweli Mkhize and National Chairperson Baleka Mbethe at the main hall where the event is taking place. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA.
Outgoing ANC top leaderdership, from left to right: Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte, Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, President Jacob Zuma, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Treasurer Zweli Mkhize and National Chairperson Baleka Mbethe at the main hall where the event is taking place. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA.
The outgoing ANC president Jacob Zuma arriving at the main hall, greeting the delegates where the event is taking place. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA.
The outgoing ANC president Jacob Zuma arriving at the main hall, greeting the delegates where the event is taking place. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA.
Outgoing ANC top leadership from left to right: President Jacob Zuma, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Treasurer Zweli Mkhize. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
Outgoing ANC top leadership from left to right: President Jacob Zuma, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Treasurer Zweli Mkhize. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
Outgoing ANC top leadership from left to right: President Jacob Zuma, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Treasurer Zweli Mkhize. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
Outgoing ANC top leadership from left to right: President Jacob Zuma, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Treasurer Zweli Mkhize. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
The outgoing ANC National Chairperson Baleka Mbethe chairing the conference. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
The outgoing ANC National Chairperson Baleka Mbethe chairing the conference. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
ANC presidential hopefuls Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma have a chat while they wait for the conference to begin. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA.
ANC presidential hopefuls Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma have a chat while they wait for the conference to begin. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA.
The outgoing ANC President Jacob Zuma talking with the ANC stalwart Winnie Mandela in the conference. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
The outgoing ANC President Jacob Zuma talking with the ANC stalwart Winnie Mandela in the conference. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
The outgoing ANC president Jacob Zuma arriving at the main hall, greeting the delegates where the event is taking place. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA.
The outgoing ANC president Jacob Zuma arriving at the main hall, greeting the delegates where the event is taking place. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA.
ANC delegates from different provinces sing and dance at the main hall where the event is taking place. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
ANC delegates from different provinces sing and dance at the main hall where the event is taking place. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
ANC delegates from different provinces sing and dance at the main hall where the event is taking place. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
ANC delegates from different provinces sing and dance at the main hall where the event is taking place. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
ANC stalwart Winnie Mandela greets the delegates. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
ANC stalwart Winnie Mandela greets the delegates. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
ANC delegates sing and dance at the main hall, waiting to be addressed by the outgoing ANC president Jacob Zuma. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
ANC delegates sing and dance at the main hall, waiting to be addressed by the outgoing ANC president Jacob Zuma. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
ANC delegates sing and dance at the main hall, waiting to be addressed by the outgoing ANC president Jacob Zuma. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
ANC delegates sing and dance at the main hall, waiting to be addressed by the outgoing ANC president Jacob Zuma. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
ANC delegates sing and dance at the main hall, waiting to be addressed by the outgoing ANC president Jacob Zuma. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
ANC delegates sing and dance at the main hall, waiting to be addressed by the outgoing ANC president Jacob Zuma. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
ANC delegates sing and dance at the main hall, waiting to be addressed by the outgoing ANC president Jacob Zuma. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
ANC delegates sing and dance at the main hall, waiting to be addressed by the outgoing ANC president Jacob Zuma. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
ANC delegates sing and dance at the main hall, waiting to be addressed by the outgoing ANC president Jacob Zuma.Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
ANC delegates sing and dance at the main hall, waiting to be addressed by the outgoing ANC president Jacob Zuma.Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/African News Agency/ANA
Picture: Zintle Mahlati
Picture: Zintle Mahlati
Picture: Zintle Mahlati
Picture: Zintle Mahlati
Picture: Zintle Mahlati
Picture: Zintle Mahlati
When the 54th African National Congress eventually got underway at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg delegates made their choice of candidates for the ANC's top job abundantly clear by singing songs in support of their choices.

After prayers by various religious leaders, President Zuma opened the conference by delivering his final organisational report as the president of the ANC.

Video: Zintle Mahlati
For some delegates the wait for the conference to begin was just too much after an early start, and they squeezed in a quick nap while their comrades caught up with old friends.

While the opening session was underway, many delegates were still battling with accreditation, which could delay the proceedings even more.

Supporters of Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma singing “Phakama Nkosazana!” which means "Stand up Nkosazana!". Video: Zintle Mahlati

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