ANC 2017 Elective Conference

'Vote-buying claims first surfaced at Polokwane 2007 with battle for president'

In the build-up to the 2017 ANC National Elective Conference, presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has hit back at claims of vote-buying in her campaign. She was speaking at a gala dinner hosted for her by the ANC Women's league in Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

Tiso Blackstar associate editor Ranjeni Munusamy talks to 702's Bongani Bingwa about the upcoming ANC Elective Conference.

She agrees it is unusual for the Women's League to host one particular candidate rather than the party as a whole, but says nothing seems to be following the norm this time around.

There's absolutely nothing about this particular ANC conference that is conventional. It is full of surprises, so you never know what to expect next.

Ranjeni Munusamy, Tiso Blackstar associate editor

These vote-buying allegations surfaced first at the 2007 Polokwane conference.

And the reason it surfaced then was because that was the first conference where there was real contestation over the ANC presidency.

Ranjeni Munusamy, Tiso Blackstar associate editor

But we've never seen anyone outed and named and shamed for it.

Ranjeni Munusamy, Tiso Blackstar associate editor

She outlines how people at the 2007 Polokwane conference related anecdotes of money arriving in the boots of cars, bags and envelopes handed out to delegates - and the existence of a deposit system.

There are similar stories this time around, but the claims are coming from all factions so it is hard to know what the truth is, she says.

She says ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe stated clearly on Thursday afternoon that all is in order and countered any suggestion that the conference might collapse and said the new president would be announced on Sunday.

And Mantashe is the chief operations officer of the ANC. He knows what's going on.

Ranjeni Munusamy, Tiso Blackstar associate editor

She says she does believe there will be the usual disputes over credentials but it will be a minority as most want to see the election go ahead successfully.

She says claims of talks between the two camps was always in the offing but adds that it is unlikely to have much impact on the delegates at this stage.

Listen to Munusamy's analysis below:


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