Who will replace Jacob Zuma? The contenders for South Africa's next president

Fateful day for SA as voting for ANC president nears its close

South African President Jacob Zuma admitted Saturday that voters were "not happy" with the ruling ANC party as it began a five-day conference to elect his successor as party leader.

The ANC is still South Africa's biggest party by far, but the 54 percent it won in local elections past year was its worst poll result since the 1994 elections that marked the end of white-minority rule.

"Our people are frustrated when we spend more time fighting among ourselves instead of solving the daily challenges they experience".

President Zuma can remain head of state until those elections.

The registration of delegates for the African National Congress' (ANC) 54th National Conference where new leaders will be elected was moving very slowing and was unlikely to be completed on Friday, said the ruling party's deputy secretary-general, Jessie Duarte.

ME also had a bone to pick with the judiciary, telling HuffPost SA at the ANC's National Conference at Nasrec in Johannesburg that South Africa's courts had become too political and that they were "trying to tell the ANC who must lead it".

Despite being part of Zuma's administration, Ramaphosa has styled himself as a reform candidate who would steer South Africa away from the corruption scandals that have hurt the economy and briefly sent it into recession this year.

Whoever wins is likely to succeed Mr Zuma as South African president.

The former chair of the African Union Commission is also Zuma's ex-wife, which brings concern from some South Africans who worry that she will act under the president's influence and perhaps even shield him from possible prosecution.

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The new party leader is expected to become South Africa's next president in the 2019 elections.

Ramaphosa has recently stepped up criticism of Zuma's scandal-plagued government, while Dlamini-Zuma has said her priority is to improve prospects for the black majority.

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Tefu Velaphi, a 38-year-old delegate, told AFP: "Zuma's legacy is disastrous".

"That lady will protect Zuma", he said, referring to Dlamini-Zuma.

'We don't want to contaminate the conference.

Other leadership hopefuls include parliament speaker Baleka Mbete, presidency minister Jeff Radebe and Zweli Mkhize, the party treasurer.

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