South Africa's ANC starts leadership convention

FILE - This Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 photo from files shows South African president Jacob Zuma, left, and deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe, right, during the opening of Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa's governing African National Congress political party will return Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, to where it first formed a century ago to fight apartheid, to pick its next leader, at a time some believe the movement is fighting to regain its moral high ground. (AP Photo Schalk van Zuydam-File)

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa's governing African National Congress political party has begun a conference to pick who will lead it into the nation's next election.

Some 4,000 delegates gathered Sunday at its Mangaung conference, being held in the city also known as Bloemfontein, to choose whether President Jacob Zuma or his quiet, unionist deputy Kgalema Motlanthe should helm the party. Zuma came into the event wearing a leather jacket with the green, yellow and black colors of the ANC. He waved with both of his hands, then spoke to Motlanthe as he took a spot on stage.

Zuma is scheduled to give an address later Sunday.

Whoever the party picks will likely be the next president of this nation of 50 million people, as opposition parties don't have the same support.