The wait is finally over for ANC delegates, most of whom were up all night waiting to vote for their new leaders, as the election results were eventually announced on Monday evening.
2440 ANC branch delegates at the national conference elected Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed Jacob Zuma against 2261 votes for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. There were tears, smiles, celebrations and disappointment as the results were read.
City Press’ award-winning photographers Tebogo Letsie and Leon Sadiki were there:
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma congratulating the newly elected ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Tebogo Letsie
Dlamini-Zuma with Police Minister Fikile Mbalula – who tweeted earlier in the day that he had voted for her. Picture: Tebogo Letsie
Mpumalanga’s David Mabuza, the newly elected deputy president, with Ramaphosa. Picture: Tebogo Letsie
Ramaphosa takes a selfie. Picture: Tebogo Letsie
Mabuza edged out Lindiwe Sisulu for the position of deputy president. Picture: Tebogo Letsie
Zuma takes a phone call while waiting for the results to be announced. Picture: Tebogo Letsie
Zuma and Ramaphosa check their phones and tablets while waiting for the election results to be announced. Picture: Tebogo Letsie
ANC leaders share a light moment with their new president. Picture: Tebogo Letsie
Zuma enjoys his last dance as president of the ANC. Picture: Tebogo Letsie
The mood after the voting results were released at Nasrec. Picture: Tebogo Letsie
Zuma walking around the Nasrec Expo Centre during the ANC national conference. Picture: Tebogo Letsie
The top six of the new ANC national executive committee. From left to right: Deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte, secretary-general Ace Magashule, national chairperson Gwede Mantashe, president Cyril Ramaphosa, deputy president David Mabuza and treasurer-general Paul Mashatile. Picture: Leon Sadiki