The battle over credentials will take centre stage at the ANC’s 54th National Conference at Nasrec on Sunday. A last-minute national executive committee (NEC) decision to bar all delegates affected by court rulings from voting at the conference was at the heart of the delays. But Business Day understands that there was also an attempt by a faction to switch delegates they did not trust to vote for their candidates, which was blocked by Luthuli House. The credentials battle at the hotly contested Eastern Cape conference lasted more than six hours. At a national conference the stakes are higher, but officials are optimistic that it will be wrapped up by about 2pm, when a tentative walkabout by outgoing president Jacob Zuma is expected to be held. It is understood that the faction aligned to Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will put up a fight over their delegates being barred due to court processes during credentials and chairwoman Baleka Mbete may also come under fire as she chairs the session...

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