Mangaung: ANC national electoral conference

The ANC’s national electoral conference in Mangaung, Free State, will be running from December 16 to 21. ANC branches opened nominations for the party’s top job at the end of September, which led to much speculation over whether there would be any contenders for incumbent president Jacob Zuma. The nomination process was fraught with allegations of fraud and vote rigging as party members battled it out to ensure their preferred candidates made it to contend for the position of ANC president.

Follow the Mail & Guardian team as they cover the conference through the week.

7:38:14 pm - Thu 20 Dec

After finishing his address, Zuma leads delegates in the singing of a song – seemingly his new trademark – “Inde indlela Esihambayo, wathi Mandela!”

It means: “We’ve got a long road to lead, so said Mandela”

7:35:13 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Zuma: As I bid you farewell, let me remind you of the wise words of President Nelson Mandela: There is no easy walk to freedom.
There is certainly no easy walk to socio-economic freedom.

7:32:36 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Zuma: We have every confidence in the medical team attending to him. He remains in our thoughts and prayers and may Tata Madiba recover soon. NB

7:31:14 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Zuma pretty much tell us what we already know… Mandela went in for treatment of a recurring lung infection. Doctors discovered gall stones and operated on the former president on the 15th of December. NB

7:29:45 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Zuma now makes a special announcement on the health of Nelson Mandela. The media contingent collectively hold their breath. NB

7:28:55 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Zuma: As ANC members we must know that we don’t live to serve ourselves, but live to serve the people of this country. NB

7:27:36 pm - Thu 20 Dec

To loud applause, Zuma announces that the new ANC NEC will take a look at the current status of the ANC youth league. NB

7:25:29 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Zuma: We have taken several other resolutions ensure we implement our good policies. In other words, we can’t carry on this path simply because we are strong. We need to start implementing our policies.

7:23:53 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Zuma: We call on members of the ANC, where ever they are deployed, to build on the message of the national development plan.

7:22:15 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Zuma: Our first major task ahead of us, is the democratic implementation of the National Development Plan.

7:21:04 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Zuma says the next five years will see the ANC led government fundamentally change the way the economy is formed, to better serve the needs of its people.

7:18:52 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Zuma announces Kgalema Motlanthe as the new leader of the ANC’s political school. All conference delegates rise and cheer in his honour.

Good move by the ANC. At least Motlanthe’s skills are not truly lost now.

7:17:33 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Zuma going strong on discipline within the ANC. Says cadres assisting former members of the movement who have been expelled, to destabilise the movement, must be severely dealt with.

Best Julius Malema’s mates sit down then.

7:15:23 pm - Thu 20 Dec

The winners and the losers… Have a look at the new NEC of the ANC.

7:14:28 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Zuma: We have to optimise the institutionalisation of cadre development and poltical development. NB

7:12:36 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Zuma: We will leave this conference with great optimism as we already know the ANC is renewing itself already

7:11:36 pm - Thu 20 Dec

“All members of the ANC are entitled to be nominated for whatever position in the ANC. They should not be ostracised for exercising their democratic right in the ANC.”

7:10:35 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Zuma begins delivering his final address…

“As the incoming leadership collective, we are humbled by the confidence the branches of the ANC have shown in us.
We also pay tribute to the outgoing leadership and their efforts that have built this organisation over the past 5 years.
We must all do everything that is humanly possible to foster unity into the organisation. Like Madiba told us: ‘Unity is the rock upon which the ANC is built.’”


7:06:05 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Zuna hurries to the mic. He leads the delegates through a round of “Amandla” and “Awethu” with military precision. NB

7:05:06 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Baleka Mbete makes her final address to the Mangaung conference. She commends delegates on their discipline and good behaviour.

“Now, though, its time for me to make way for comrade president – comrade president, the floor is yours,” she says.

7:03:07 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Ramaphosa makes a big note on the ANC’s decade of the cadre.

Says the next ten years will mark a serious push to regenerate the movement by equipping its members with the necessary skills to serve South Africa’s people. NB

6:56:11 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Ramaphosa reading from a prepared text. He delivers it better than Zuma does. #Justsaying


6:51:38 pm - Thu 20 Dec

And we’re back! The lights are back on and newly elected ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is now adressing the Mangaung elective conference.

He will deliver the declaration of the conference – it marks his first address as ANC depity president. NB

5:56:48 pm - Thu 20 Dec

While technicians try to sort the power out… Mangaung delegates are singing and dancing inside the main plenary marquee.

One wonder if they’ll let Zuma deliver his final address if the lights are out. Anyone got a megaphone?


5:48:00 pm - Thu 20 Dec

AND the lights go out… As the chaplain is offering his final prayer to conference.

We hear someone in the crowd scream “amen.”

Journalists laugh.

5:46:30 pm - Thu 20 Dec

ANC chaplain is on stage now offering his final blessing to the Mangaung elective conference.

“You have been with this organisation since its inception, may you continue to be with the ANC for another hundred years.” NB

5:32:32 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Well… Straight off the bat, the major names who were excluded from election to the ANC NEC are as follows.

Tokyo Sexwale

Matthews Phosa

Fikile Mbalula

Thandi Modise

Basically, anyone who ran for positions in the ANC top 6 against Zuma aligned candidates.

5:30:28 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Newly elected ANC NEC continued

Bheki Cele

Dikeledi Makhatsi

Humphrey Mmemezi

Sam Mashinini

Pule Mabe

Tony Yengeni

David Makhubo

Rosinah Semenya

Miriam Segubotsa (spelling)

Edna Molewa

Winnie Mandela

Toko Didiza


5:27:39 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Chairperson of the ANC electoral chairperson Mochubela Seekoe has just handed over to another electoral official who begins reading out names of the new ANC NEC…

They are as follows:

Nkosasana Dlamini Zuma

Malusi Gigaba

Lindiwe Sisulu

Collins Chabane

Jeff Radebe

Naledi Pandor

Derek Hanekom

Pravin Gordhan

Tito Mboweni

Nathi Mthethwa

Max Sisulu

Bathabile Dlamini

Pallo Jordan

Blade Nzimande

Jackson Mthembu

Aaron Motsoaledi

Enoch Godongwana

Ayanda Dlodlo

Zizi Kodwa

Ebrahim Ebrahim

Nomaindia Mfeketo

Sdumo Dlamini

Thulas Nxesi

Nkoane Mashabane

Billy Masetla

Ngoako Ramatlodi

Angie Motshekga

Lindie Zulu

Siyabonga Cwele


Rejoice Mabusa-Fassie

Susan Shabangu

Mildred Oliphant

Sue van der Merwe

Rose Zoleka

Joe Phaahla

Joel Netshintenze

Fikile Majola

Joyce Mashamba

Pam Tshwete

5:20:04 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Greetings once again comrades and counter-revolutionaries! We’re into the final stretch of the ANc elective conference in Mangaung.

Nickolaus Bauer reporting from the main plenary tent ahead of the announcement of the newly elected ANC National Executive Committee (NEC).

3:52:52 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Based on these comments the teaching of indigenous languages in South African schools could soon become a reality.

Phaahla: We have been assured by our colleagues in the basic education sector that the teaching of indigenous languages in school will be able to become government policy as from 2014

The sooner we have it as a policy, the sooner we came stimulate the demand for those languages to be taught at university to develop teachers.

All government departments will also need to provide written correspondence to citizens in at least two official indigenous languages dependent on which area it operates in, in addition to English and Afrikaans.

Once its approved as policy it will have to be implemented, regardless of the area the school finds itself in. Whether be it a white area or indian area, and indigenous African language must be taught alongside English and Afrikaans.

3:42:38 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Phaahla: All public schools must include at least one indigenous language in their curriculum and the area in which the school is in will dictate which language our learners are taught.

3:40:10 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Mashatile adds that Nkosi sikelela iAfrika will now be sung in all ANC meetings to set an example for the rest of South Africa.

But, the ANC has not taken a decision to make it compulsory to sing the national anthem at Schools.

They will however encouraged it going forward.

3:37:18 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Arts & culture minister Paul Mashatile on the mic now, addressing the financial assistance that will provided to young job seekers.

Says money won’t simply be “dished out” but rather be made available to develop young people.

3:29:01 pm - Thu 20 Dec

If Mangaung delegates have their way, at least one indigenous language will become part of the curriculum for all learners. It is hopes this will preserve and develop South Africa’s indigenous languages.

3:27:26 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Phaahla makes a big deal of noting that sports and recreation will be championed in public schools in order to aid nation building and child development.

3:25:46 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Mangaung has also decided all pubic schools should have access for disabled people.

3:25:07 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Phaahla:We can’t rely on the labour market alone to curb unemployment. Even if you have GDP growth of 5% joblessness will persist

3:24:54 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Phaahla: Youth unemployment is a big issue in South Africa, young people are those most affected by joblessness.

3:24:08 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Up next is the social transformation report back. Joe Phaahla is on the mic.

He says Mangaung decided old age pensions should be distributed from 60 years of age for both men and women

Phaahla also going big on child support from state. Mangaung decided support grants will be given for children up to 18 years of age.

2:58:27 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Mfeketo says there are “practical complexities” in moves to introduce a single public service.

“Because you have three different spheres of government, you have three different types of public servants. We see a single payroll for all public servants as one way we can speed up this resolution of bringing in a single public service.

But, there are constitutional obligations we will have to fulfill if we ever want a public service

There were complaints that we have city managers that earn more than the president, and this is something we have to address.

The question is how we level the playing field in terms of salaries and training.”

2:42:35 pm - Thu 20 Dec

The ANC has steered clear of the separation of provinces for the moments. Is up for discussion over the next 5 years.

Mfeketo says he matter will be brought up at the ANC’s next National General Council and if implmented, will only be done so in 2019 after the elections.

2:35:21 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Mfeketo also indicates there will be tangible moves towards a single public service.

A motion has been adopted that calls for a chief remuneration auditor that will assess the salaries and increases of state employees. NB

2:29:31 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Lyn Brown and Nomaindie Mfeketo are for this report back.

Mfeketo starts off with the funding of municipalities which are not viable.

“If a municipality is completely unviable and can’t support itself, national government should fund it.”

2:24:56 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Finance report back is done and dusted. Up next is legisature and governance. NB

2:11:25 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Mkhize says the ANC only accepts “one-way” donations. Says people can’t give the ruling party something and expect something in return.

1:54:36 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Back for some more report backs from ANC #Mangaung conference. Up now, the ruling party’s finances – where are they spending and saving?

Newly elected treasurer general Zweli Mkhize is here. Says funding, fundraising and fiscal discipline were main talking points.

The ANC has also decided not to increase its annual R12 membership fee. Mkhize says the party will focus on garnering donations from individuals.

1:00:56 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Also.. Check out the union movement’s reaction to billionaire businessman Cyril Ramaphosa’s appointment as ANC deputy president. Apparently they’ve welcomed it, BUT Cosatu might still be headed for a clash with the ruling party after Mangaung, the way Zwelinzima Vavi has been tweeting.

12:45:37 pm - Thu 20 Dec

We’re in the middle of question time , so have a look at this gem of a story from Sam Mkokeli from Business Day.
‘Donald Trump’ of SA politics doesn’t know he’s been fired’

12:42:10 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Fact mine nationalisation is out the window shows Juju & his cronies are truly dead & buried in #Mangaung. Vavi and the left might be next. NB

12:32:50 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Godongwana says all economic policies pursued by the ANC will balance job creation, indusrialisation and GDP growth. Its difficult to see how that will happen easily. The three aren’t always interchangeable – you have to pick one or two. NB

12:29:27 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Mining nationalisation is of the table and it looks like the youth wage subsidy is just about dead and buried as the ANc is looking at other means to curb rampant youth unemployment. NB

12:28:31 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Highlights so far are the embracing of the national development plan is the national vision for all policy intervention in the country. NB

12:27:18 pm - Thu 20 Dec

Economic transformation report back now at the Mangaung elective conference.

Malusi Gigaba, Enoch Godongwana and Thaba Mafamada of the NEC sub-comm are all in attendance.

9:57:33 am - Thu 20 Dec

Mthembu jumps in now to quash rumours of Kgalema Motlanthe’s imminent resignation.

“There is no such thing that has been decided. The deputy president of the republic remains a deployee of the ANC in that position until 2014.” NB

9:54:50 am - Thu 20 Dec

Mantashe also quick to discount a Business Day story about newly elected ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa becoming prime minister in 2013.

“There is no such position in South Africa. The deputy president is the facto prime minister as he is the leader of government business. We are also not electing any government officials here, we are electing office bearers of the ANC.”

9:51:45 am - Thu 20 Dec

Greetings comrades and counter revolutionaries…

Nickolaus Bauer here at the final of proceedings at the ANC Mangaung elective conference.

Currently in a briefing with Jackson Mthembu and Gwede Mantashe.

They are prepping all the journalists for the plenary report backs, which begin with constitutional amendements.

They say conference will hopfully finish at 2pm.

12:29:56 am - Thu 20 Dec

So this is us done for the evening. Jackson Mthembu has just informed all media that report backs will re-commence at 9 am.

12:25:39 am - Thu 20 Dec

The Mangaung conference has also passed a motion instructing the newly elected NEC to examine the state of the ANC youth league. Expect them to either have Ronald Lamola elected as permanent leader or dissolve the body’s NEC altogether.

This is to rid the league of any last remnants of the Julius Malema era, I think. NB

12:11:20 am - Thu 20 Dec

The size of the ANC’s staff will also be examined, as the party argues that having an excess amount of staff will not necessarily lead to better capacity.

12:10:02 am - Thu 20 Dec

Makhura: Besides academic qualifications and experience, our deployed cadres must also be well versed in the philosophy of the organisation, so that they know what we are broadly trying to achieve.

12:08:24 am - Thu 20 Dec

Makhura said the ANC proposes equipping all cadres with the relevant skills BEFORE being deployed to government.

12:01:51 am - Thu 20 Dec

“The ANC has to renew itself – we have no choice,” Gauteng ANC secretary David Makhura told journalists at the briefing.

12:00:52 am - Thu 20 Dec

Chief among the ANC’s strategy and tactics proposals will be to adequately reflect on the movement’s trajectory since 1994, in order to plan the correct course over the next 20 years.

11:53:51 pm - Wed 19 Dec

Good evening, comrades!

Nickolaus Bauer here again at the #Mangaung elective conference. Its plenary report back time and we’ve just had a briefing on the ANC’s strategy and tactics.

8:54:35 am - Wed 19 Dec

So… The ANC downplayed Kgalema Motlanthe’s decision to decline nomination to the ANC NEC. The ruling party says he is “not lost to the movement.”

8:52:08 am - Wed 19 Dec

Things wrapping up here with Trevor Manuel. He encourages all South Africans to make the NDP a reality.

“We must own the plan and make it happen.” NB

8:46:31 am - Wed 19 Dec

Manuel is a little shady about this immediate future and that of the National Planning Commission.
“We’ve got a five year term, no certainty of another. We’re meeting early in January to discuss some outstanding issues with the president.” NB

8:39:59 am - Wed 19 Dec

Manuel seems pretty encouraged by Cyril Ramaphosa’s election as ANC deputy president and what it means for the NDP.
“In spite of all of his other responsibilities, Cyril has made an exceptional amount of time for the NDP and I can only hope that this continues in his new role.” NB

8:37:35 am - Wed 19 Dec

Manuel: At the moment I have no place to go. Nobody wants me, so I guess South Africa is stuck with me. NB

8:36:47 am - Wed 19 Dec

Manuel gets a bit annoyed at James Steyn from the Beeld, who asks about corruption re: Nkandla.

“James, if you have any proof of corruption, why don’t you follow procedure and take it up with the relevant authorities? That’s the one problem I have with the media, not following correct procedure and simply writing about these things.” NB

8:33:53 am - Wed 19 Dec

Its question time now… While we’re waiting, have a look at some of the folk who declined nominations to the ANC NEC. NB

8:27:43 am - Wed 19 Dec

Manuel has some tough words for young entrepreneurs, says framework must remain challenging to enter the market to ensure quality.

“We can’t build an economy on ‘ag shame’, young entrepreneurs must earn their keep” NB

8:24:15 am - Wed 19 Dec

Manuel notes that agriculture is a tough sector to be in at the moment but that it doesn’t detract from the fact that it needs to transform.

“We must never shy away from the constitutional obligation to deal with land reform. But we must do it in a smart way” NB

8:22:39 am - Wed 19 Dec

Zapiro, as always, hits the nail on the head with his latest cartoon on Mangaung. NB

8:21:35 am - Wed 19 Dec

Manuel cracks a joke with Agri-SA president Johannes Moller.

“Hulle se n boer maak n plan – nou vra die boer vir my n plan” NB

8:13:13 am - Wed 19 Dec

Manuel: We need to understand as South Africans what we value. If we don’t feel South African there is no national interest. NB

8:10:15 am - Wed 19 Dec

Manuel: We have the technology there to educate our nation about their development and their needs, but our citizens don’t use it. NB

8:08:13 am - Wed 19 Dec

Its question time now…

What powers does the NDP have to decide what program gets implemented where in government?

What does the NDP regard as the definition of the “public interest”?

Does South Africa have the skills to implement this plan?

8:02:15 am - Wed 19 Dec

Manuel now asked about what plan there is for jobs within the NDP. He argues that jobs need to be created – but sustainable jobs.

“One sad thing in this country is how we’ve allowed to the manufacturing sector to be decimated.” NB

7:59:13 am - Wed 19 Dec

Manuel: We need in-service training for teachers to develop them, and of course incentives to make sure they remain in the profession. NB

7:57:50 am - Wed 19 Dec

Manuel going large on education here. Says teachers who have been in the game for 30 years are “ill-equipped” to deal with the modern day challenges of education.

7:54:21 am - Wed 19 Dec

Manuel: I think we as individuals must be accountable for our actions. Unions must explain why having a measure of accountability for the performance of teachers is wrong – and I don’t think they’ll have a leg to stand on. NB

7:52:26 am - Wed 19 Dec

Manuel argues that communities need to own their responsibility for building a better South Africa. Notes that rich communities provide the input that develops them further, while its basically impossible in poor communities, where there is little to no input. NB

7:47:35 am - Wed 19 Dec

Manuel decries the massive gulf between government departments. Notes that some make one feel like a “first world country” while others make you feel like you’re in medieval times. NB

7:45:52 am - Wed 19 Dec

Manuel says the NDP is not a government plan and the members of the planning commission don’t constitute a political party.

“This is a plan for all South Africans and we need to own it. From government departments to the people on the ground.” NB

7:42:11 am - Wed 19 Dec

Manuel says people need to realise the National Development Plan isn’t a plan for government, its a plan for South Africa.

“We need to energise our nation and get them excited about this plan. If you don’t have active citizens – you don’t have an active democracy.” NB

7:40:11 am - Wed 19 Dec

Good morning! Nickolaus Bauer here on day 4 at the Mangaung elective conference. Planning minister Trevor Manuel is addressing the progressive business forum at a business breakfast. He resigned from active ANC politics over the weekend, so he might just drop some pearls of wisdom in this, his first address as a non ANC NEC member.

7:14:04 pm - Tue 18 Dec

Now… Here’s a quick look at some notable nominees for the NEC

Ruth Bhengu
Obed Bapela
Nyami Booi
Lin Brown
Bheki Cele
Collins Chabane
Frank Chikane
Siyabonga Cwele
Rob Davies
Bathabile Dlamini
S’dumo Dlamini
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
Ayanda Dlodlo
Tony Ehrenreich
Nceba Faku
Malusi Gigaba
Enoch Godongwana
Pravin Gordhan
Derek Hanekom
Tina Joemat-Pettersson
Pallo Jordan
Pinky Kekana
Keith Khoza
Andile Lungisa
Brigette Mabandla
Pule Mabe
Ace Magashule
Buti Manamela
Winnie Mandela
Solly Mapaila
Kebby Mapatsoe
Billy Masetlha
Paul Mashatile
Sam Mashinini
David Masondo
Amos Masondo
Cassel Mathale
Fikile Mbalula
Tito Mboweni
Nomaindia Mfeketo
Humphrey Memezi
Nomvula Mokonyane
Edna Molewa
Magdalene Moonsamy
Abner Mosaase
Angie Motshekga
Mathole Motshekga
Jackson Mthembu
Nathi Mthethwa
Stella Ndabeni
S’bu Ndebele
Joel Netshitenzhe
Maite Mashabana
Gugile Nkwinti
Thulas Nxesi
Siphiwe Nyanda
Blade Nzimande
Mildred Oliphant
Max Ozinsky
Naledi Pandor
Ibrahim Patel
Dipuo Peters
Joe Phaahla
Dina Pule
Jeff Radebe
Ibrahim Rasool
Susan Shabangu
Lindiwe Sisulu
Max Sisulu
Zola Skweyiya
Barbara Thompson
Vuyiswa Tulelo
Sue van der Merwe
Annelise van Wyk
Tony Yengeni
Senzeni Zokwana
Lindiwe Zulu

6:58:37 pm - Tue 18 Dec

We’re arriving a little late to this… And we’re now into comrades that have declined their nominations.

In alphabetical order we have:

Frans Baleni

John Block

Jeremy Cronin

Jay Naidoo

Irvin Jim

Mac Maharaj

Trevor Manuel

Ayanda Matiti

Faith Mazibuko

Kgalema Motlanthe

Vali Moosa

Peggy Nkonyeni

Febe Potgieter-Qubile

Zwelinzima Vavi

6:55:44 pm - Tue 18 Dec

Sanibonani nonke!!!

Nickolaus Bauer here again, back at the main marquee for another plenary session. This time its for NEC nominations and we’re told there are 250 in total. Only 80 spaces are available on the NEC and 40 (50%) need to be women.

1:55:15 pm - Tue 18 Dec

Just ran into Lindiwe Sisulu on my way to the media centre. She tells me former president Nelson Mandela is doing ok.

“I wouldn’t be here if he wasn’t doing well. We was in hospital, it took sometime to find out exactly what was wrong, but he really is doing just fine.”

1:16:23 pm - Tue 18 Dec

We are told the new ANC top 6 leadership will be brought down to address the media soon. Time to hit the road. NB

1:14:36 pm - Tue 18 Dec

Check out the Mail & Guardian’s profile of the newly elected leadership of the ANC.

1:06:21 pm - Tue 18 Dec

ANC chaplain is up on stage offering a blessing to the Mangaung election results.

“We ask you to bless these leaders who will take us forward for the next five years! Bless my lord, my brother Jacob! Bless my lord, my brother Cyril! Bless my lord, my sister Baleka! Bless my lord, my brother Gwede! Bless my lord, my sister Jessie! And bless my lord, my brother Zweli!”

1:03:30 pm - Tue 18 Dec

The full Zuma slate scores a resounding victory at Mangaung. No big surprise really, based on the overwhelming support they received heading into this conference. The big question now will be what will happen to the losers who still occupy senior positions in government. Will deputy president Motlanthe, human settlements minister Sexwale and North West premier Thandi Modise remain in their jobs come 2013?

12:57:05 pm - Tue 18 Dec

Zweli Mkhize is elected as ANC treasurer-general, scoring 2988 votes to Paul Mashatile’s 961. NB

12:55:40 pm - Tue 18 Dec

The final announcement os of ANC treasurer general. Delegates remain in a jubilant mood and have to be called to order several times. NB

12:53:34 pm - Tue 18 Dec

Up next is the announcement of Jessie Duarte as deputy secretary-general. She was elected unopposed. NB

12:52:23 pm - Tue 18 Dec

Gwede Mantashe gets returned as secretary-general of the ANC, beating Fikile Mbalula with 3058 votes to 901. NB

12:50:57 pm - Tue 18 Dec

Nupen hands over Bontle Phakanyana (apologies spelling) to read out the remaining results. Secretary-general up next. NB

12:46:59 pm - Tue 18 Dec

Baleka Mbete is retained as ANC national chairperson after defeating Thandi Modise by 3010 votes to 939. NB

12:45:47 pm - Tue 18 Dec

Ramaphosa takes his seat next to Zuma, he receives a loud cheer from the crowd. Nupen moves onto chairsperson. NB

12:42:48 pm - Tue 18 Dec

Cyril Ramaphosa trounces Matthews Phosa and Tokyo Sexwale to become ANC deputy president with 3018 votes to 470 & 463 votes respectively NB

12:40:04 pm - Tue 18 Dec

Nupen struggles to bring delegates under control.

“Comrades! Please sit down! We have a lot of work to do!”

Delegates take no notice. They eventually quieten down. Onto deputy president. NB

12:37:10 pm - Tue 18 Dec

Zuma scores a resounding victory over Motlanthe, winning by 2986 to 991. Delegates in the marquee explode into celebration NB

12:35:24 pm - Tue 18 Dec

ANC electoral presiding officer Dren Nupen takes to the mic. She says 3977 votes were casts. She will begin with he announcement of president. NB

12:32:02 pm - Tue 18 Dec

Journalists have just raced into the main marquee. We are welcomed by the majority of delegates singing about a “Zumantashe” victory. Mochubela Seekoe, chairman of the ANC electoral commission starts caling delegates to order before results are announced.

12:24:28 pm - Tue 18 Dec

Zuma supporters outside the main marquee singing songs about their leader’s victory.
In the meantime journalists are wilting under the sun waiting to enter and hear the results we already know.
Its a Zuma victory, for both him and all aligned to Msholozi.
All that’s left is for them pop the champagne. NB

12:11:15 pm - Tue 18 Dec

And we’re back!

Nickolaus Bauer here under the baking sun outside the main plenary marquee ahead of the official announcement of results from elections for the top 6 posts at the ANC’s Mangaung elective conference.

11:27:57 am - Tue 18 Dec

Radebe says ANC welcomes judgement as it was clear it didn’t affect Free State or possibly North West delegates.

The ruling party did take precautions though, and colour coded voting ballots were provided to delegates from the two provinces. This was a precaution in case the judgment called for their exclusion.

11:21:37 am - Tue 18 Dec

Jeff Radebe now addressing the presser. Going through the constitutional court order preventing Free State delegates from attending Mangaung. NB

11:17:00 am - Tue 18 Dec

Mantashe starts the briefing. Says results for the top 6 elections will be announced at midday and further nominations for NEC members will take place at 5pm.

11:15:48 am - Tue 18 Dec

Nickolaus Bauer here again…

The ANC has just called an unexopected press conference. Gwede Mantashe, Jeff Radebe and Andries Nel in attendance.

7:49:18 am - Tue 18 Dec

Sanibonani nonke!!!

Nickolaus Bauer here on day three of action at the ANC Mangaung elective conference.

Delegates are still voting this morning, but I have started my day at another Progressive Businss Forum breakfast. Economic development mininster Ebrahim Patel addressing the gathering.

2:08:49 pm - Mon 17 Dec

To recap the nominees:

President: Jacob Zuma & Kgalema Motlanthe

Deputy President: Matthews Phosa, Tokyo Sexwale & Cyril Ramaphosa

Secretary-General: Gwede Mantashe & Fikile Mbalula

Deputy Secretary-General: Jessie Duarte (uncontested)

Chairperson: Baleka Mbete & Thandi Modise

Treasurer-general: Paul Mashatile and Zweli Mkhize

2:04:38 pm - Mon 17 Dec

Lastly we have the nominees for treasurer-general. Paul Mashatile, Tokyo Sexwale, Zweli Mkhize & Lindiwe Sisulu. Sisulu declined her position ahead of the process. Then… Cue something truly interesting. Mashatile jumped up to supposedly decline his nomination, but Sexwale beat him to it.

“No thanks chair, I can’t count the money,” Sexwale said.

Mashatile looked a bit puzzled and left the mic. He returned to his seat – next to Cyril Ramphosa.


2:00:31 pm - Mon 17 Dec

Nominations now move to deputy secretary-general. Fikile Mbalula and Febe Potgieter both declined their nominations, which left Thandi Modise to square up against Jessie Duarte. But Modise steps up to a mic and declines her nomination. Duarte will win the position – uncontested.

1:57:41 pm - Mon 17 Dec

Now for secretary-general. Only two nominees: Gwede Mantashe and Fikile Mbalula. Both receive a warm applause from delegates. This might be a hotly contested position. NB

1:55:57 pm - Mon 17 Dec

Up next is nominee for national chairperson. Baleka Mbete, Ace Magashule, Thandi Modise and Tenjiwe Dlala all nominated. Magashule and Dlala both withdraw. Mbete receives the loudest cheer. NB

1:54:07 pm - Mon 17 Dec

SHOCK HORROR: Kgalema Motlanthe withdraws his candidacy for deputy president of the ANC. It could easily translate into his political suicide.

1:52:30 pm - Mon 17 Dec

Baleka Mbete was nominated as deputy, but she declined. Officials read out Kgalema Motlanthe, Matthews Phosa, Tokyo Sexwale and Cyril Ramaphosa.

All receive a half hearted responses, except for Cyril, he receives a hearty applause just like Zuma.

1:50:13 pm - Mon 17 Dec

The floor is opened up for further nominations. A Limpopo delegate disputes the process, saying non-voting delegates shouldn’t be in the marquee. His argument is dismissed. Onto deputy presidential candidates.

1:47:19 pm - Mon 17 Dec

Nominations are a go. They start with presidential nominations and read out Kgalema Motlanthe’s nomination. He receives a rather muted applause. When Jacob Zuma’s name is read out the marquee erupts in a hearty roar.

1:44:40 pm - Mon 17 Dec

25% of all delegates are needed to ratify any nomination from the floor. In terms of attendees at Manguang, this equates to 1019 delegates.

1:43:03 pm - Mon 17 Dec

Its almost nomination time now. Provincial monitors ahead up to stage to get the process going. They too start running through some terms & conditions.

1:39:37 pm - Mon 17 Dec

Deputy electoral chairperson Sophie de Bruyn is now on the mic and explaining further terms and conditions to the voting process at Mangaung.

She runs through the nitty-gritty like: No racism, no tribalism, no prejudice, no bribing delegates, no intimidation etc.

Delegates are listening attentively, some even fanning their faces with spanish fans drenched in ANC insignia.

1:34:17 pm - Mon 17 Dec

It might must be me, but it is WAY HOTTER inside this marquee than yesterday. Fans whirring like mad all over the marquee but the heat remains stifling. People wave magazines, their accreditation cards, empty packets notebooks and just about anything they can get their hands on in an attempt to ward off the heat.
Sweat continues to pour out of every orifice.

An ice cold beer. My kingdom for an ice cold beer. NB

1:26:06 pm - Mon 17 Dec

Here’s a little more info on the ANC electoral process.

If a candidate contests to become president as well as deputy president – like Kgalema Motlanthe, the vote for president would take place first and determine if the vote for deputy would take place.

This could see Motlanthe being returned to the deputy presidency if he loses against Jacob Zuma in the battle to become ANC president.

But this would be unlikely if business mogul Cyril Ramaphosa accepts his nomination for the post after having received close to 2 000 provincial branch nominations.

Only the Northern Cape has nominated Motlanthe for deputy.

Until now only Matthews Phosa confirmed his acceptance of his nomination, despite nominations not being formally tabled yet.

Phosa was nominated as deputy president after receiving backing from the ANC Youth League and over 300 branch nominations.

But the commission said they have no issue with candidates announcing their nominations before the nomination process is finalised.

1:20:59 pm - Mon 17 Dec

Seekoe reiterates that any candidate up for multiple positions in the top leadership of the ANC will be eligible and separate ballot papers will be distributed.

1:15:56 pm - Mon 17 Dec

Seekoe running through the rules of voting at Mangaung.

“Your vote remains secret and delegates cannot be influenced by others. Delegates are also not bound by any nomination from provinces or nationally. They cannot even be influenced by a list that is circulating.”

1:10:41 pm - Mon 17 Dec

Seekoe: Now that the NEC and top 6 have left the stage, the electoral commission is in charge now. NB

1:09:27 pm - Mon 17 Dec

Its a fact that a big chunk of this outgoing NEC won’t return when the new group is elected in Mangaung. One of those is minister Trevor Manuel – He quit active ANC politics earlier this week. His exit from stage is his final act as ANC NEC member. NB

1:07:39 pm - Mon 17 Dec

Electoral commission chairperson Mochubela Seekoe welcomes delegates and thanks the outgoing NEC. The 80 member group get up and start walking off stage. Some look solemn, other looks happy and there’s a couple looking downright glum.

1:04:56 pm - Mon 17 Dec

Sanibonani comrades! Nickolaus Bauer here, back at the coalface of the Mangaung ANC elective conference. Up next is the official announcement of nominations. The ANC electoral commission is up on stage and its stifingly hot in the marquee. Sweat pouring from the brow of journalists and delegates alike.

8:17:43 am - Mon 17 Dec

In case you missed Jacob Zuma’s political report yesterday, have a look at this expert analysis by our politics editor Rapule Tabane.

Confident Zuma wins the day

8:04:58 am - Mon 17 Dec

Back at the PBF breakfast, Nhlanhla Nene has made special mention of the National Development Plan (NDP) and the importance of its implementation.

President Jacob Zuma also dedicated a large part of his political report yesterday to the NDP. The president said its imperitaive the plan is rolled out.

Could this be a sign that 2013 will be the year of the NDP?

Well, that is, if Zuma is re-elected?

And what about the brains behind the NDP, Trevor Manuel?

Will his resignation from active ANC politics affect the plan’s future?

7:56:18 am - Mon 17 Dec

Understandably, security has been very tight at the conference, with police and ANC personnel taking no chances.

Other big news from yesterday, is the letter expelled ANC youth league president Julius Malema sent to ruling party.

In the correspondence, Malema demands to be reinstated by the ANC.

Based on Gwede Mantashe’s stinging rebuke on the league yesterday during the delivery of his organisational report, this doesn’t look likely though.

7:48:43 am - Mon 17 Dec

The big news overnight is the delaying of nominations for the top 6 positions in the ANC, due to a discrepancy over delegate accreditation.

But, a big surprise as everyone woke up this morning has to be the arrest of 7 right wingers who’d allegedly planned to blow up one of the big plenary tents at the conference.

The hawks swooped on the group during raids in Limpopo, the Northern Cape and the Free State.

7:42:06 am - Mon 17 Dec

GOOD MORNING! Welcome to day two of proceedings at the ANC Mangaung elective conference. Nickolaus Bauer here at the Progressive Business Forum’s breakfast with deputy finance minister Nhlanhla Nene – a late replacement for his boss Pravin Gordhan.

8:31:30 pm - Sun 16 Dec

A few thoughts from some high profile editors and thinkers about today’s proceedings, sa tweeted on their accounts:

Business Day editor Peter Bruce:

‏Is #Zuma renewing himself in this very sensible speech or does he hit the default button when it’s all over? #mangaung

City Press editor Ferial Haffajee: #Mangaung. Great tent, nice shirts, good bags – ANC conference reflects power and rising prosperity. #storieswedonttell

Polokwane had already erupted in rebellion by this point. JZ’s got it sown up. Political report, thus far, is an inward-looking document.

Mail & Guardian editor Nic Dawes:

Trevor Manuel’s National Development Plan heavily punted by JZ. Worth noting that Ramaphosa is deputy chair of the commission that wrote it.

Political analyst Eusebius McKaiser:

What is our plan about the plan about the national plan? Asks JZ. Problem: meta-narratives don’t help the poor, Sir.

- VP

8:19:53 pm - Sun 16 Dec

It may be 8pm but today’s programme at Mangaung still has some way to go. Gwede has wrapped up his extremely long organisational report, and then delegates have more to sit through: A credentials report, then supper and then among other items a financial report, constitutional amendments and, the exciting bit for us, election nominations. But give the time allocated for all these in the original program, they coud be busy till midnight. We won’t be able to update you for the the rest as most of those sessions are close to journalists. – VP

8:04:35 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Mantashe finishes his address. A total of 2 hours and 16 minutes. The man’s got some stamina. His voice didn’t crack once. He merrily steps back to his seat when he finishes. The delegates are not so lucky though. They wearily get to their feet and give him a standing ovation.

8:01:42 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Mantashe handles the 2009 ANC election performance. He concedes that a certain level of the electorate was lost, but lays the blame mostly on Cope’s doorstep.

“You’ll see that our lost support most correlates with the support gained for Cope when they were formed – mostly by former ANC members.”

7:55:58 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Mantashe has to encourage delegates to pay attention now that he’ speech is about to enter its third hour.

“Don’t worry comrades, I am almost done.”

7:53:33 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Mantashe is moving from the league’s to the tripartite alliance. He piles a lot of praise on the SACP, but Cosatu get more or less the same treatment as the youth league.
The SG berates the union federation for not constructively engaging during disputes. Says they sometimes remind him of an opposition party.

If you add this to what Zuma said in his political report, its a far harder line on the federation’s function in the alliance.

Are we to expect a tougher approach from Zuma et al should they get re-elected, I wonder?

7:44:07 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Mantashe slams the youth league and their troubled past. He touches on Malema’s expulsion and maintains the unruly voice in the youth league was given numerous chances to come to order, but didn’t.

“We hope going forward our relationship will improve.”

7:42:24 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Mantashe’s speech has arrived at his critique of the ANC league structures.

He has kind words for the Veterans’ league, calls on their ranks to swell as “your experience is need.”

The SG has even kinder words for the Womens’ league, asks them to conitinue their “fine work.”

But, the youth league are not so lucky.

7:26:38 pm - Sun 16 Dec

ANC members beginning to tire, 90 minutes into Gwede Mantashe's organisational report.

7:23:36 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Mantashe speech is not 90 minutes in. Comrade delegates beginning to tire. A lot are stretching and yawning. Some are even sleeping, their heads on the desks in front of them. NB

7:10:54 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Here is the full story on Cyril Ramaphosa’s decision to contest for the post of deputy president. He will face Matthews Phosa, Tokyo Sexwale and the incumbent Kgalema Motlanthe.

7:07:38 pm - Sun 16 Dec

ANC treasurer-general Matthews Phosa has just stepped up and moved to the back of the stage to talk to Jackson Mthembu. It seems to be a heated discussion. Oh… To be a fly on the wall! NB

6:57:25 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Lots of coverage in various publications, as well as social media reaction to news of Trevor Manuel’s departure from active politics. In an interview yesterday he said the decision came to him while doing a speech for yours truly, the Mail & Guardian, at our 200 Young South Africans event earlier this year. He said he realised he needed to make way for younger people.

“I spoke this year at the Mail & Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans event and took a decision as a matter of principle. It is time for young people to come through the system. I want to try to mentor. I feel there’s a duty to do that now.

“If everything is a competition, you destroy values (as is being done now). If this happens, you cannot draw on the skills and expertise (of people who leave after brutal competition). This was clear at Polokwane,” he said.

Read the rest of the article here, and watch the video with some of South Africa’s young leaders at our 200 Young South Africans event who inspired Manuel to make his decision, along with his speech. “Elected leaders hate to hand over power,” he said, but noted we needed a real generational mix. “Age cannot be the only criteria.”

6:52:19 pm - Sun 16 Dec

The ANC electoral commission has just stepped into the marquee, being led by stalwart Andrew Mlangeni. Their age is really striking. Almost all walk with an aid of a crutch or walking stick. They are all wrinkled and gray. is this a pre-requisite, I wonder? Are the elderly not interested in competition or jockeying for competition, and thus less susceptible to horse-trading? NB

6:49:14 pm - Sun 16 Dec

The marshals return. No blood on their hands and their berets look untouched. No idea what caused the commotion, but that comrade doesn’t seem to be a problem anymore.

6:44:34 pm - Sun 16 Dec

There’s a bit of a ruckus at the back of the main marquee. A number of marshals have moved towards the disturbance to investigate. I wonder… Which counter-revolutionary dare cause a disturbance during SG’s speech? NB

6:42:39 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Mantashe’s speech has hall the highlights of a man hoping to retain his job. Talks up all of his organisation’s successes and glosses over their failures by labelling them challenges. NB

6:41:22 pm - Sun 16 Dec

In related news, the terms “ANC”, “Zuma”, and “Mangaung” are all trending on Twitter in South Africa. As is controversial musician Chris Brown and a related hashtag: #ThingsLongerThanCBConcert. But we’ll refrain from drawing the obvious parallels. Let’s hope South Africans aren’t tired of hearing about the ANC’s conference yet. Several more days to go. – Verashni Pillay

6:40:16 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Mantashe: We were criticised for having a debate on nationalisation. We were told it was hurting our economy. But, at least that conversation, brought it to our attention that the areas around all these mines remain in abject poverty – in spite of the rich minerals below the ground. NB

6:37:35 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Despite basically celebrating Malema’s ousting from the ANC earlier in his speech, Mantashe just tipped his hat to the league and Malema’s push for the nationalisation of mines.

6:25:33 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Mantashe returning his attention to “internal saboteurs.”

He slams ANC members who not criticise the ANC and “plot its demise.”

“Comrades, you can’t have a members who says the ANC will lose the 2014 election if they don’t do this or that. They are writing the ANC’s own failures and helping us to fail.”

6:18:35 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Mantashe now slamming assertions that crisis epxerienced under the ANC “are worse than apartheid.”

Basically, he paints the picture of those partcilcularly critics being borderline delusional.

“How can you say we are worse off than in apartheid? Just because we can’t deliver textbooks on time in Limpopo, we are worse than apartheid. You’ll sind something different in Limopopo as compared to apartheid times – its called a teacher (teaching black children)”

6:14:42 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma supporters during the ANC 53rd National Conference in Mangaung, Free State (Oupa Nkosi, M&G)

6:14:21 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Looking around the main marquee, there is a decent smattering of all different types of South Africans among the delegates. More so than the Democratic Alliance I would say. NB

6:09:57 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Mantashe is painstakingly reiterating that ill-discipline has no place in the ANC. He alludes to the Malema issue, but doesn’t mention Juju by name.

“We have learnt that ANC members who wan’t to conduct themselves the way they want, find they have not place in the party.”

5:59:00 pm - Sun 16 Dec

So… Nominations will only OFFICIALLY be announced tomorrow ahead of voting. But, we’ve learnt that businessman Cyril Ramaphosa HAS ACCEPTED his nomination for ANC deputy president.

5:53:18 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Mantashe: Our attempts to bring the ANC youth league back into the fold are beginning to bear fruit.

Mhmmm, so long Julius. NB

5:52:03 pm - Sun 16 Dec

The SG has now got a few choice words for the ANC youth league. Says they have operated in opposition to the ANC for too long. He warns they need to fall in line.

5:51:00 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Mantashe now talking alliance relations and firing veiled shots at Vavi.

“When an alliance partner attacks the ANC, its worse than all of the opposition parties combined. We need to address all matters and problems internally.”

5:48:51 pm - Sun 16 Dec

All delegates listening quite attentively to Mantashe. He’s commanding his audience like a master.
Still bloody hot in here though. People mostly not reading Mantashe’s report, but rather using it as a fan.

5:46:54 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Mantashe: We had to move quickly to fill the spaces that were left when everybody left, to make sure we kept up with all of the work of state. NB

5:46:09 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Mantashe laments the fact Zuma was quickly re-charged with corruption so soon after Polokwane.
The SG then glosses over Mbeki’s dismissal and resultant mass exodus from government.

5:44:18 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Mantashe says the ANC was “very polarised” and “divided” come end of Polokwane and had to weather some “challenges.”

5:42:38 pm - Sun 16 Dec

SANIBONANI! Nickolaus Bauer here agan…
After a bit of a lunch break, we’re back inside the main marquee for the delivery of Gwede Mantashe’s organisational report.
He’s off on a bit of a history lesson, telling delegates what’s happened since the Polokwane conference.

3:30:48 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Overwhelming support for Zuma at the 53rd National ANC conference. Jacob Zuma and Kgalema Motlanthe. (Madelene Cronje, M&G)

2:41:12 pm - Sun 16 Dec

It means: “We’ve got a long road to lead, so said Mandela”

2:40:04 pm - Sun 16 Dec

After a spirited “Amandla”, Zuma leads conference in song.
No. Its not “Umshini Wami” its his new tune:

“Inde indlela Esihambayo, wathi Mandela!”


2:34:08 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: Comrades, the future of our revolution and of our country is in our hands, and we must carry forward the work needed for the social and economic emancipation of our people.

We need to prepare ourselves for this journey, starting today, towards
socio-economic freedom for all our people.

I now declare the 53rd National Conference open!’

2:32:38 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma drawing to a close now. Running through the hosting of various events that boosted SA’s international image. ie 2010 world cup, COP 17 and International Youth Conference. NB

2:31:02 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma heads to international relations. Says the ANC has done well, from a practical point of view, in implementing Polokwane congress resolutions on foreign affairs. NB

2:26:43 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma says SA is close to gender parity in the public sector.

“The ANC government is steadily improving the position of women in public
office and is moving towards 50-50 parity in the holding of leadership
public positions.”

2:25:09 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: We have more people on treatment, we have reduced the rate of mother to
child transmission of the virus by half, and over 20 million people have
been tested for HIV, voluntarily. NB

2:24:48 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma moves on to achievements in health.

2:22:15 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma even has time to make note of the country’s fight against rhino poaching. Says more needs to be done to stop the poaching completely. NB

2:19:22 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma spends significant time on corruption. Argues South Africa is a “transparent” societyy in its fight on corruption, but argues for more to be done. NB

2:18:28 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: This conference must have a look at how the tender system works. It is often abused. NB

2:17:33 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma turns from education to corruption.

2:16:51 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma says the Limpopo textbook saga is “an occurrence which should never happen again.” NB

2:16:13 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma also argues teachers need to start taking pride in their word. Says they should stop coming to work in “t-shirts & takkies.”

2:15:14 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma says he will work towards bringing inspectors back into schools, to ensure teachers are doing their work. NB

2:13:28 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma says a firm basis needs to be made in South Africa’s aproach to basic eduction.
“Without a firm basis, the house will fall.” NB

2:11:49 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma argues SA faced with a massive challenge of addressing apartheid’s legacy left on educatino. NB

2:10:45 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma breaks from speech now. Making a point on government’s approach to education. NB

2:09:40 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: Over 9m children now receive free schooling. NB

2:09:16 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma now turns to SA’s achievements in education and health.

2:07:46 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: A critical task for Mangaung is to take the Polokwane resolution forward that called on the ANC to lead all South Africans in working together. NB

2:06:07 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: The public sector can’t work along in providing sustained growth. All sectors of society must work together. We must create a plan that inspires all to put their shoulder to the wheel and work towards a better South Africa. NB

2:04:52 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: The challenges we face in terms of inequality and poverty are not foreign, but made here. We must intensify our structuring of our economy so that the wealth of this country is shared equally among all. NB

2:00:53 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: We are in the process of re-organising the Broad-Based-Black-Economic-Empowerment plan to see more inclusive growth of enterprise. NB

2:00:32 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Gwede Mantashe greeting president Jacob Zuma after Zuma arrived during the ANC 53rd National Conference in Mangaung, Free State.  (Oupa Nkosi. M&G)

1:58:38 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Useful blog post from Zubeida Jaffer outlining the strategy around Cyril Ramaphosa’s nomination and capturing the rationale that the Zuma lobbyists have been presenting to potential supporters – essentially that Ramaphosa will be running the country the way Mbeki did when he was Mandela’s deputy. Nic Dawes

1:57:47 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: We are heading towards a develelopment state. One that will combine all facets of our economy. NB

1:55:03 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma argues more needs to be done to bring about equality. Decries the fact the average black household income is at R60k, while the average household income for a white family is R360k. NB

1:52:57 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: Having a long term plan and blueprint is a sign we know where we are going, and how we will get there. NB

1:51:33 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: Unfortunatley, when the NDP was delivered, we had a number of programs already in place – such as the New Growth Path. Our task is to see how we can marry all of these together. NB

1:50:31 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: We should announce at the end of our conference, what is the plan about our plan. How should we implement it. How should government put this in action. NB

1:48:20 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: The coming into action of the National Development Plan is critical to our country’s future development. NB

1:47:23 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma now turns to the National Development Plan. Lauds their work. NB

1:45:38 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: We have done much, but we can do far more. NB

1:45:08 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma is detailing how the general performance of government has improved since Polokwane. Says ID books are received sooner after application. Social grants are easier to access. Police are responding to more calls in the fight against crime. NB

1:42:45 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma says the need to restructure some and create new government departments was born out the desire to respond better to the needs of the people.

1:41:03 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma explaining how he remodelled government post Polokwane.

1:37:06 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: If we don’t talk to our people,if we don’t interact with them, they will understand things in a different way. They will act on their own. NB

1:35:45 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: It is important for the ANC to remain in contact with the masses of our people. If there is no service delivery, we must explain why. NB

1:34:38 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: The fact that we didn’t respond to the needs of the people at Marikana is an indication were weren’t aware of their challenges. We were not there, and that’s an indictment. NB

1:33:42 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma criticises how Marikana was handled. NB

1:32:54 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma now turns to the Marikana “tragedy”

1:32:06 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: We need a cadre that will help run government properly. And that cadre must be politically aware. He must be certain and know that government isn’t a vehicle for self-enrichement. NB

1:30:16 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma says the type of cadre needed by the ANC is different than the one needed in the struggle. NB

1:29:23 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: So when we have a disagreement, there is a certain way to act. No need to act like you are in an opposition party. NB

1:27:58 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: What we implement in government is a collective effort of the tripartite alliance. We are always together. NB

1:26:47 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: We are not in opposition with each other. Members of the tripartite alliance must engage constructively. NB

1:26:01 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma says the tripartite alliance needs to work together to bring bout positive change in South Africa. NB

1:23:47 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: We have stated at the National General Council and we will say it again: The leagues are extensions of the ANC and are subject to discipline by the ANC. NB

1:22:50 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: The renewal and rebuilding of the ANC also involves the use of language by our movement and our leagues – which are in partnership with the ANC. NB

1:21:47 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: The incoming NEC needs to prioritise political education. NB

1:20:53 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: This has even led to the foreign tendency of members being paid money for their support. We must never allow those with money to turn ANC members into commodities. NB

1:20:14 pm - Sun 16 Dec

1:19:50 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma decries the violence that has marred some ANC branch campaign. NB

1:19:05 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: This disunity has led to factions, working against each other. It leads to negative campaigning. It leads to rumour mongering. It brings the ANC into disrepute.

1:17:45 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma says this disunity at branch level must be eradicated.

1:16:37 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma concedes there are still “pockets” of disunity, factionalism and tribalism at branch level in the ANC. NB

1:15:42 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: The ANC was very divided going to Polokwane. That is why we had to work on unity. NB

1:14:35 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: The Polokwane placed the ANC as a centre of power. A centre of power for the party and state. It affirmed that the power of the ANC lies in the branches. NB

1:13:27 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: We have learnt along the way that the ANC is far bigger than we think. The ANC is loved by a lot of people. People who want progressive change. NB

1:12:28 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma says the greatest achievement of the ANC centenary celebrations was to unite the organisation. NB

1:11:13 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Winnie Madikizela- Mandela chatting to Jeff Radebe during the ANC 53rd National Conference in Mangaung, Free State. (Oupa Nkosi, M&G)

1:10:45 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma sends best wishes to Mandela.
“Madiba is in a hospital in Pretoria, under the care of the best doctors. We wish him well, and a speedy recovery.”

1:09:35 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma: The ANC remains popular with the masses of our people. Not only to follow it, but to join the movement. NB

1:08:45 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma says there were 416k in 2003 at Stellenbosch. 620k in 2007 in Polokwane. And now in Mangaung the ANC has over 1,2m members.

1:07:49 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma says the directive of the 1942 ANC elective conference has been met. The ruling party now has over a million members. NB

1:06:33 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma runs through the regular protocol of introductions. Makes special mention of the families of previous ANC presidents. NB

1:04:56 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma finishes singing. Crowd cheers. They sit down. He fiddles with his glasses. Its speech time. NB

1:04:24 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma dancing. (Oupa Nkosi, M&G)

1:03:43 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma doing well, leading the war cry. Intersperses his singing with some dancing. Everytime he springs into action, the crowd cheers a little more. NB

1:00:06 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma leads delegates in singing “Inde’ Lindlela eSiHambayo!” (Its a long road that we are leading!)

Doesn’t quite have the same gravitas as his normal rendition of “Umshini wami” but quite well received, nonetheless.

12:57:24 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma is on the mic. Kicks things off with a spirited cry of “AMANDLA!”

Its met with an equally powerful “AWETHU!”

12:55:46 pm - Sun 16 Dec

12:55:15 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Mbete wraps things up. Calls Zuma to stage. Time for the big man to speak. NB

12:54:44 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Johnson Mukwevho, another Limpopo branch delegate, argues for the program to be adopted as is. Majority of delegates cheer in agreement.

12:52:56 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Another Limpopo delegate makes their way to the stage. More objections on the way?

12:51:44 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Mbete swats away Ngubane’s suggestion. Argues that he doesn’t have relevant standing to argue for Limpopo. Objection dismissed. NB

12:50:05 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Ngubane asks for the program to be debated to “be consistent with the ANC constitution.” NB

12:48:54 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Ngubane says the political report by Zuma as well as the organisational report by Gwede Mantashe should be opened for debate and ratification – as per the ANC constitution. NB

12:47:47 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Mbete thought there were no objections to the program. But, Derek Ngubane from Limpopo has brought an objection to the table. NB

12:45:25 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Mbete now going through program. Seeing if there are any objections. NB

12:44:08 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Standing up for the national anthem, one really gets an idea for how many people are crammed into this marquee. Easily 5000 in here. NB

12:38:33 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Mbete back on the mic. Calls on delegates to rise for the singing of the national anthem. NB

12:36:49 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Chaplain ends his address with a spirited:


12:35:57 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Chaplain: Pour peace on this congress. Let it not denigrate into something that it is not. NB

12:34:34 pm - Sun 16 Dec

ANC chaplain calls on the lord to grant delegates courage and wisdom, so that they may choose the path that will lead to prosperity for all South Africans.

12:33:28 pm - Sun 16 Dec

The conference is now led in an interfaith prayer.

12:31:07 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Religious leaders have remained largely apolitical with their addresses. The good reverend strays a bit. He asks God to guide the delegates at the Mangaung conference, so that they may give the ANC another 100 years.

12:29:32 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Next up is a pastor from the Bantu Christian church. NB

12:27:25 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Now an Imam takes to the stage. He addresses the conference in Arabic.

12:25:46 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Next up to bless the conference is chief rabbi Warren Goldstein.

12:24:41 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Mbete calls on the ANC’s chaplain to bless the Mangaung conference. Heads are bowed. He leads delegates in prayer. Starting in Latin. NB

12:23:00 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Mbete: We are going to have a very orderly conference. I know this is unanimous.

12:19:45 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma enters the hall. He falls in line with the top 6 leadership. The crowd goes absolutely wild. NB

12:18:50 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Mbete: I’d like you to all start settling down, the president is about to join us.
Delegates: uZUMA!!! uZUMA!!!

12:16:26 pm - Sun 16 Dec

ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete call everyone to order. Apologises profusely for the delay. NB

12:14:07 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Things are beginning to come to order. Zuma must be close. He’s only 3 hours late. NB

12:11:11 pm - Sun 16 Dec

An official just muttered something about the first ladies being on their way. Hopefully that means that Zuma himself is near. Delegates getting slightly restless. NB

12:05:19 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Free State and Limpopo Zuma supporters sing to each other.
“Its no problem when (Cassel) Mathale is gone! Zuma will be here!”

12:03:00 pm - Sun 16 Dec

Still no sign of Zuma on stage. Media contingent now flanked on our right by Zuma supporters from the Free State. NB

11:56:13 am - Sun 16 Dec

Supporters behind us shouting “uZumantashe! uZumantashe!”

11:54:44 am - Sun 16 Dec

There was a minor discrepancy over how many media were to be seated in front of the stage. We’re in now, sandwiched between the stage and some spirited Zuma supporters.

11:45:33 am - Sun 16 Dec

Sanibonani! Nickolaus Bauer here again. This time live from the main marquee ahead of Jacob Zuma’s delivery of the ANC political report at Mangaung.

10:00:15 am - Sun 16 Dec

Jacob Zuma, Kgalema Motlanthe and Mathews Phosa. (Madelene Cronjé, M&G)

9:55:31 am - Sun 16 Dec

Motlanthe supporters are rolling their fingers over each other, the football sign for substitution. NB

9:54:14 am - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma supporters a thrusting a 2 finger peace sign into the air, indicating a second term.

9:53:28 am - Sun 16 Dec

There’s some gentle campaigning going on. Struggle songs & dancing. Finger gestures indicating their rival support. NB

9:51:02 am - Sun 16 Dec

Nickolaus Bauer here again…

Delegates have started queuing to enter the hall where President Jacob Zuma will deliver his political report.

9:22:51 am - Sun 16 Dec

Sisulu offers me a look that blatantly tells me she’s not ready for interviews or a chat. Point taken. Time to file. NB

9:01:11 am - Sun 16 Dec

Davies interaction draws to a close. I’ve now noticed a few bigwigs in the room. One being Lindiwe Sisulu. Door-Stop time. NB

8:57:09 am - Sun 16 Dec

“We haven’t a snow ball’s chance if we are thinking about competing with the sweatshops of this world. We just can’t. As we have seen in the past year, that is the reality of Marikana, that is the de Doorns of this world. We simply don’t want to head in that direction.”

8:55:17 am - Sun 16 Dec

Davies also dismisses the idea of structural changes to labour and industrial relations in South Africa.

8:54:13 am - Sun 16 Dec

Davies addresses questions in a rather round about way. Says the real importance doesn’t lie in added tariffs on cheap imports.

“We should look at what value we can add to our products, before they leave our shores.”

8:50:48 am - Sun 16 Dec

More questions for Davies now.

Gets asked:

Are labour relations needed to change, to make it easier to hire & fire.

How are the rising costs of electricity going to affect SA economic growth going forward?

Will there be further tariffs on cheap imports to safeguard local industries?

8:46:53 am - Sun 16 Dec

Rob Davies argues that while agricultural rural development is key to South Africa’s economic growth, its not the only factor.

8:43:18 am - Sun 16 Dec

Just to clarify: Nic Dawes is outside where delegates are gathering ahead of President Jacob Zuma’s address later this morning. Nickolaus Bauer is at the PBF breakfast with Rob Davies.

8:41:10 am - Sun 16 Dec

Davies finishes his formal address and is now fielding questions from the suited and booted businessman at the breakfast.

8:40:44 am - Sun 16 Dec

Zuma supporters during the ANC 53rd National Conference in Mangaung, Free State. (Oupa Nkosi, M&G)

8:38:53 am - Sun 16 Dec

Delegates arriving: With around 80 percent of registration complete little knots of delegates are drifting across the quiet UFS campus to the plenary venue. – Nic Dawes

8:35:18 am - Sun 16 Dec

‘No country has ever enjoyed long term & sustained industrialisation without the support of industrial finance, not simply relying on private finance institutions’

8:33:01 am - Sun 16 Dec

Davies has given a lengthy address about the importance of South Africa’s industrialisation.

8:31:39 am - Sun 16 Dec

Good morning and welcome to the first official day of proceedings at the ANC’s Mangaung elective conference. Nickolaus Bauer here to feed you updates from the ruling party’s progressive business forum breakfast, which is being addressed by trade & industry minister Rob Davies.

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