ANC Conference: Ramaphosa Interrupted During His Speech, SA Reacts: “Fighting for Their Empty Stomachs”

ANC Conference: Ramaphosa Interrupted During His Speech, SA Reacts: “Fighting for Their Empty Stomachs”

  • President Cyril Ramaphosa got a lukewarm reception at the opening of the ANC elective conference
  • KwaZulu Natal members made scolded Ramaphosa on the loadshedding crisis and the Phala Phala scandal with loud songs
  • Ramaphosa struggled to deliver his opening speech as the group loudly sang songs that praised Zuma

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ANC Conference, Ramaphosa's speech interrupted
Cyril Ramaphosa gets booed during his speech at the ANC conference. Image: Mujahid Safodien and Gulshan Khan
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JOHANNESBURG - A group of African National Congress (ANC) members interrupted Cyril Ramaphosa's speech at the commencing of the party's 55th national conference, taking place at Nasrec on Friday.

The delegates from KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) were chanting and singing songs supporting Zuma as he began his speech.

According to TimesLIVE Gwede Mantashe tried to restore order and failed as the delegates from Gauteng joined in the commotion to show support for Ramaphosa.

The situation worsened when former president Jacob Zuma made a grand entrance late and the pro-Zuma songs continues while they taunted Ramaphosa with the Phala Phala saga.

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Siboniso Duma, Chairperson of the KZN branch and his deputy succeeded in settling down the heated crowd.

The president called out the delegates for their disruptive behaviour that is bringing the party into disrepute.

"I want to appeal to all of us to respect this meeting that has taken place 55 times in the life of our organisation. I want to appeal to everyone who wants space to raise their dissatisfaction to do so in an orderly manner."

Mzansi's comments are below:

Sphelele Moyikwa said:

"They only care about their candidate, they are full of IFP mentality. ANC is not a cultural group."

Dalene Blackman posted:

"This is what happens when there's no respect. No wonder our country is in the state that's its in!"

Rends Ndou asked:

"Do these guys know that the best way to deal with Rama is to vote him out? They are now acting barbaric. ANC must deal with those ppl acting barbaric after the conference."

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Aaron Nyirenda mentioned:

"They will be humiliated when Ramaphosa's second term is cemented by the majority delegates."

Mmushetji Mmushetji stated:

"Ramaphosa will lead us and the way things are happening at that conference some of us will equate it to tribalism."

Joe Man added:

"That's how you react with an empty stomach. They're fighting for their empty stomachs."

ANC elective conference set to boost Gauteng economy with R257m injection, tourism authority estimates

Briefly News reported that the Gauteng Tourism Authority (GTA) has predicted that Gauteng's economy will be flushed with cash as a result of the African National Congress (ANC) 55th national elective conference. The Authority estimates that the conference will inject more than R257 million into the province's GDP.

The much-anticipated conference, which will run from 16 to 20 December at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg, will draw over 5 000 ANC delegates, in addition to local and international media and guests.

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Hilary Sekgota (Head of Desk for Evening and Weekend content) Hilary Sekgota is the Head of Desk for Evening and Weekend content at Briefly News. She completed a BA in Communication Science from Unisa in 2018 and a Diploma in Journalism from Varsity College in 2010. She also passed a set of trainings by Google News Initiative. Hilary joined the Briefly News team in 2022 and started her journalism career at Tshwane Sun. She has 12 years of experience covering current affairs and human interest topics. Email:

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