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The ANC is hosting 3,733 people at its fifth national policy conference, 2,454 of whom come from its branches around the country. Of the total number, 2,725 are made up of the 86-member national executive committee, the integrity committee (11 delegates), the leagues, ministers, their deputies and a number of guests. KwaZulu-Natal, President Jacob Zuma’s home province, kept its top spot as the party’s biggest and most influential province, with 524 registered delegates. According to the preliminary credentials list, 508 delegates were expected from the province but an extra 16 had registered. In 2012, ahead of the ANC’s elective conference where Zuma was elected for a second term, ANC membership in KwaZulu-Natal soared by almost 100,000 new members. At the time, provinces said to be supporters of the President, increased their numbers. The second-biggest province at the 2017 policy conference being held in Nasrec, Soweto, is the Eastern Cape, with 398 delegates registered. A total o...

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