Cyril Ramaphosa arrives at the official opening day of the 53rd ANC elective conference in Mangaung and stood in the long queue waiting to gain access through the security check point.
Picture: Antoine de Ras, 16/12/2012
Cyril Ramaphosa arrives at the official opening day of the 53rd ANC elective conference in Mangaung and stood in the long queue waiting to gain access through the security check point. Picture: Antoine de Ras, 16/12/2012
ANC Marshalls gather at the main elective conference venue in Mangaung.
Picture: Antoine de Ras, 15/12/2012
ANC Marshalls gather at the main elective conference venue in Mangaung. Picture: Antoine de Ras, 15/12/2012
An ANC Marshall relaxes by playing ball with her friend next to the main Elective conference venue in Mangaung.
Picture: Antoine de Ras, 15/12/2012
An ANC Marshall relaxes by playing ball with her friend next to the main Elective conference venue in Mangaung. Picture: Antoine de Ras, 15/12/2012
President Jacob Zuma smiles next to Deputy President Kalema Motlanthe after delivering the opening Political Report speech at the ANC 53rd National Conference held at the University of the Free State, Mangaung. 161212.
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President Jacob Zuma smiles next to Deputy President Kalema Motlanthe after delivering the opening Political Report speech at the ANC 53rd National Conference held at the University of the Free State, Mangaung. 161212. picture: Chris Collingridge 822
16/12/2012.Supporters of President of the ANC Jacob Zuma sing and dance before the start of the 53rd  ANC National Conference in Mangaung.

Picture: Masi Losi
16/12/2012.Supporters of President of the ANC Jacob Zuma sing and dance before the start of the 53rd ANC National Conference in Mangaung. Picture: Masi Losi
16/12/2012. President of the ANC, Jacob Zuma greets Secretary Genera of the ANC, Gwede Mantashe before the start of the 53rd  ANC National Conference in Mangaung.

Picture: Masi Losi
16/12/2012. President of the ANC, Jacob Zuma greets Secretary Genera of the ANC, Gwede Mantashe before the start of the 53rd ANC National Conference in Mangaung. Picture: Masi Losi
( Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and ANC Chairperson Baleka Mbethe)  African National Congress President Jacob Zuma addresssing the 53rd African National Congress elective conference which started today Sunday in Mangaung.16/12/12
( Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and ANC Chairperson Baleka Mbethe) African National Congress President Jacob Zuma addresssing the 53rd African National Congress elective conference which started today Sunday in Mangaung.16/12/12
16/12/2012. Supporters of President Jacob Zuma sing and dance before the start of the 53rd  ANC National Conference in Mangaung.

Picture: Masi Losi
16/12/2012. Supporters of President Jacob Zuma sing and dance before the start of the 53rd ANC National Conference in Mangaung. Picture: Masi Losi
Jeff Radebe kisses Winnie Mandela brfore the opening Political Report speech at the ANC 53rd National Conference held at the University of the Free State, Mangaung. 161212.
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Jeff Radebe kisses Winnie Mandela brfore the opening Political Report speech at the ANC 53rd National Conference held at the University of the Free State, Mangaung. 161212. picture: Chris Collingridge 400
There was a lot of song and dance by Zuma supporters infront of the Freestate university ahead of the vote counting session of the NEC nominations at the 53rd  ANC Mangaung Elective conference.
Picture: Antoine de Ras, 17/12/2012
There was a lot of song and dance by Zuma supporters infront of the Freestate university ahead of the vote counting session of the NEC nominations at the 53rd ANC Mangaung Elective conference. Picture: Antoine de Ras, 17/12/2012
There was a lot of song and dance by Zuma supporters infront of the Freestate university ahead of the vote counting session of the NEC nominations at the 53rd  ANC Mangaung Elective conference.
Picture: Antoine de Ras, 17/12/2012
There was a lot of song and dance by Zuma supporters infront of the Freestate university ahead of the vote counting session of the NEC nominations at the 53rd ANC Mangaung Elective conference. Picture: Antoine de Ras, 17/12/2012
17/12/2012.Jessie Duarte shares a light moment with Frans Baleni minutes after she was nominated for position of deputy secretary general of the ANC  during the 53rd ANC National Conference in Mangaung.

Picture: Masi Losi
17/12/2012.Jessie Duarte shares a light moment with Frans Baleni minutes after she was nominated for position of deputy secretary general of the ANC during the 53rd ANC National Conference in Mangaung. Picture: Masi Losi
Kalema Motlanthe congratulates Jacob Zuma on stage. Picture: Antoine de Ras
Kalema Motlanthe congratulates Jacob Zuma on stage. Picture: Antoine de Ras
President Jacob Zuma wipes the sweat from his face after delivering the opening Political Report speech at the ANC 53rd National Conference held at the University of the Free State, Mangaung. 161212.
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President Jacob Zuma wipes the sweat from his face after delivering the opening Political Report speech at the ANC 53rd National Conference held at the University of the Free State, Mangaung. 161212. picture: Chris Collingridge 790
16/12/2012. Deputy Predient of the ANC Kgalema Montlante gestures to some of the delegates before the start of the 53rd  ANC National Conference in Mangaung.

Picture: Masi Losi
16/12/2012. Deputy Predient of the ANC Kgalema Montlante gestures to some of the delegates before the start of the 53rd ANC National Conference in Mangaung. Picture: Masi Losi
President Jacob Zuma is congratulated by Deputy President Kalema Motlanthe after delivering the opening Political Report speech at the ANC 53rd National Conference held at the University of the Free State, Mangaung. 161212.
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President Jacob Zuma is congratulated by Deputy President Kalema Motlanthe after delivering the opening Political Report speech at the ANC 53rd National Conference held at the University of the Free State, Mangaung. 161212. picture: Chris Collingridge 773
Ruling party African National Congress (ANC) delegates sing and dance as they gesture for a second term for their president Jacob Zuma during the opening of their elective conference at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. Zuma addressed some 4,000 delegates as they gathered for the start of the party's Mangaung conference, being held in the city, also known as Bloemfontein. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
Ruling party African National Congress (ANC) delegates sing and dance as they gesture for a second term for their president Jacob Zuma during the opening of their elective conference at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. Zuma addressed some 4,000 delegates as they gathered for the start of the party's Mangaung conference, being held in the city, also known as Bloemfontein. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)
17/12/2012. Hundrends of delegates attending the 53rd ANC National Conference in Mangaung.

Picture: Masi Losi
17/12/2012. Hundrends of delegates attending the 53rd ANC National Conference in Mangaung. Picture: Masi Losi
There was a lot of song and dance by Zuma supporters infront of the Freestate university ahead of the vote counting session of the NEC nominations at the 53rd  ANC Mangaung Elective conference.
Picture: Antoine de Ras, 17/12/2012
There was a lot of song and dance by Zuma supporters infront of the Freestate university ahead of the vote counting session of the NEC nominations at the 53rd ANC Mangaung Elective conference. Picture: Antoine de Ras, 17/12/2012
Two delegates take a rest during a tee break ahead of the vote counting session of the NEC nominations at the 53rd  ANC Mangaung Elective conference.
Picture: Antoine de Ras, 17/12/2012
Two delegates take a rest during a tee break ahead of the vote counting session of the NEC nominations at the 53rd ANC Mangaung Elective conference. Picture: Antoine de Ras, 17/12/2012
Jacob Zuma supporters arrived early morning on the 18th Dec infront of the Freestate university preparing for the announcment of the vote counting results at the NEC nominations at the 53rd  ANC Mangaung Elective conference.
Picture: Antoine de Ras, 18/12/2012
Jacob Zuma supporters arrived early morning on the 18th Dec infront of the Freestate university preparing for the announcment of the vote counting results at the NEC nominations at the 53rd ANC Mangaung Elective conference. Picture: Antoine de Ras, 18/12/2012
Delegates arrive on the official opening day of the 53rd ANC elective conference in Mangaung.
Picture: Antoine de Ras, 16/12/2012
Delegates arrive on the official opening day of the 53rd ANC elective conference in Mangaung. Picture: Antoine de Ras, 16/12/2012
Lindiwe Sisulu sings and dances in support of President Jacob Zuma prior to the NEC nomination session at the ANC 53rd National Conference held at the University of the Free State, Mangaung. 171212.
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Lindiwe Sisulu sings and dances in support of President Jacob Zuma prior to the NEC nomination session at the ANC 53rd National Conference held at the University of the Free State, Mangaung. 171212. picture: Chris Collingridge 137
Kalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma just before the vote counting at the NEC nomination at the 53rd  ANC Mangaung Elective conference.
Picture: Antoine de Ras, 17/12/2012
Kalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma just before the vote counting at the NEC nomination at the 53rd ANC Mangaung Elective conference. Picture: Antoine de Ras, 17/12/2012
An ANC delegate cheers prior to the NEC nomination session at the ANC 53rd National Conference held at the University of the Free State, Mangaung. 171212.
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An ANC delegate cheers prior to the NEC nomination session at the ANC 53rd National Conference held at the University of the Free State, Mangaung. 171212. picture: Chris Collingridge 962
A jacob Zuma supporter shows his support for a second term for JZ. Jacob Zuma supporters arrived early morning on the 18th Dec infront of the Freestate university preparing for the announcment of the vote counting results at the NEC nominations at the 53rd  ANC Mangaung Elective conference.
Picture: Antoine de Ras, 18/12/2012
A jacob Zuma supporter shows his support for a second term for JZ. Jacob Zuma supporters arrived early morning on the 18th Dec infront of the Freestate university preparing for the announcment of the vote counting results at the NEC nominations at the 53rd ANC Mangaung Elective conference. Picture: Antoine de Ras, 18/12/2012
Jacob Zuma supporters arrived early morning on the 18th Dec infront of the Freestate university preparing for the announcment of the vote counting results at the NEC nominations at the 53rd  ANC Mangaung Elective conference.
Picture: Antoine de Ras, 18/12/2012
Jacob Zuma supporters arrived early morning on the 18th Dec infront of the Freestate university preparing for the announcment of the vote counting results at the NEC nominations at the 53rd ANC Mangaung Elective conference. Picture: Antoine de Ras, 18/12/2012
ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, NEC Member Jeff Radebe and ANC Spokesperson Jackson Mthembu addressed the media conference on the outcomes of the NEC meeting held at the Municipality hall in Bloemfontein (Mangaung) in the Free State Province.
ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, NEC Member Jeff Radebe and ANC Spokesperson Jackson Mthembu addressed the media conference on the outcomes of the NEC meeting held at the Municipality hall in Bloemfontein (Mangaung) in the Free State Province.
The main ANC NEC top six election nominations were made at the 53 ANC Elective conference in Mangaung.,left -right Treasury general: Zweli Mkhize, Deputy president: Cyril Ramaphosa, President: Jacob Zuma, National chairperson: Baleka Mbete, Secretary general: Gwede Mantashe and Deputy secretary general: Jessie Duarte.
Picture: Antoine de Ras, 18/12/2012
The main ANC NEC top six election nominations were made at the 53 ANC Elective conference in Mangaung.,left -right Treasury general: Zweli Mkhize, Deputy president: Cyril Ramaphosa, President: Jacob Zuma, National chairperson: Baleka Mbete, Secretary general: Gwede Mantashe and Deputy secretary general: Jessie Duarte. Picture: Antoine de Ras, 18/12/2012
17/12/2012. Jacob Zuma supporters sing and dance infront of the University of Free State main entrance during the 53rd ANC National Conference in Mangaung.
Picture: Masi Losi
17/12/2012. Jacob Zuma supporters sing and dance infront of the University of Free State main entrance during the 53rd ANC National Conference in Mangaung. Picture: Masi Losi

The ANC Mangaung conference is not just about electing leaders but should also spur the party on to deal with certain 'weaknesses'.

"The truth of the matter is that whoever gets elected in the ANC would have been part of the ANC at one level of leadership or another."