JOHANNESBURG - The African National Congress (ANC) National Policy Conference (NPC) 2017 provided its fair share of memorable moments.
1. Minister of Police and ANC NEC member Fikile Mbablula was in top form with some choice words when addressing the media.
2. Ace Magashule, the Free State premier, grabbed attention when he wanted to know why his son was being singled out for working for the controversial Gupta family.
3. The Speaker of Parliament's announcement in the middle of the NPC that the debate on the vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma is to take place on 8 August caused a storm.
The Speaker, Baeka Mbete, is yet to rule on whether the vote will take place via a secret ballot, and political parties represented in Parliament have until 14 July to submit their input on the matter to her office.
Despite threats that MPs who vote against the president would be "disciplined" for making a "conscious" decision, some remained defiant. Speaking to eNCA’s Xoli Mngambi, ANC MP Makhosi Khoza again advocated for a secret vote.
4. The Guptas remained central to the news agenda during the NPC, with former KPMG Africa CEO Moses Kgosana denying allegations that a Gupta wedding was funded by taxpayer money. Kgosana resigned from his position as a non-executive director at Alexander Forbes.
5. The big news of the conference, though, was confirmation by ANC veteran and author Sindiso Mfenyana that the ANC integrity commission recommended that President Jacob Zuma step aside.