December 18, 2017 / 4:25 PM / a month ago

ANC prepares to unveil leader, Malema says 'It's a boy'

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa’s ruling ANC prepared on Monday to announce the results of its presidential race between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and his only rival, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Ramaphosa grinned and hugged senior party officials on the podium, whereas Dlamini-Zuma stood and talked calmly with other officials. Delegates sang and danced in jubilation ahead of the announcement at a Johannesburg conference centre.

Opposition figure Julius Malema announced on Twitter: “It’s a boy”, suggesting a victory for market favourite Ramaphosa. The rand extended its gains to more than 4 percent on the day, it highest level since March.

Reporting by Alexander Winning; Writing by James Macharia; Editing by Ed Cropley

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