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Court-barred African National Congress officials blocked from leadership vote

The executive committee of South Africa's African National Congress said officials who have been barred by courts from attending the leadership conference will not be allowed to vote during the event, Reuters reported.

"We don't want to contaminate the conference... They will not vote on any matter," said ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe in the report. According to court rulings, senior officials in two provinces who are supporting Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is in the running for party leader, were elected illegally.

The ANC is set to vote for its new leader during the conference and is expected to announce the choice Dec. 17, Reuters reported separately. The vote would be between Dlamini-Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy president of South Africa.

South Africa's rand rallied 2% Dec. 15, at 13.1925 per U.S. dollar, as investors project a decision that would favor Ramaphosa.