President Jacob Zuma and other members of the ANC leadership were on Friday morning left shocked after the Afrikaans and English parts of the national anthem were left out.
Zuma and his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, standing next to each other, were seen looking at each other in amusement.
There was a bit of silence, with some hoping the choir would proceed with the omitted parts of the anthem, but that never happened.
Zuma presented the opening address to the party’s 5th policy conference held in Nasrec, Johannesburg, on Friday morning.
Earlier in the morning, party members from different provinces were singing from different hymn books, with some shouting for change in leadership, while others asked: “What has Zuma done?”