SA Presidential race: Motlanthe wins some, Zuma wins more
South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe managed to secure his first nomination from a province, but with a narrow margin, as nomination results for the ANC in Gauteng were announced earlier this morning.
The ANC is holding its national elective conference in Mangaung from the 16th to the 20th of December.
Before this morning’s results, the ANC Youth League is the only structure that had officially nominated Motlanthe to serve as ANC president. It now appears that Motlanthe is still in the race for Mangaung after the Gauteng ANC decided to formally back him to take over from Zuma.
This means Motlanthe now has what he needs to formally contest the race.
The Gauteng ANC's Nkenke Kekana said, “Tokyo Sexwale will be the deputy president and Gwede Mantashe will be secretary general.”
In Gauteng, Motlanthe secured 238 votes while President Jacob Zuma got 173 votes from the just over 400 delegates eligible to vote at the party’s nominations conference, which happened at Turffontein Race Course in Johannesburg overnight. For nomination as deputy president, Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale got 211 votes and businessman Cyril Ramaphosa got 175. For secretary-general Gwede Mantashe received 249 votes and Fikile Mbalula 148. Thandi Modise beat Baleka Mbete to the nomination for national chairperson, while Febe Potgieter-Gqubule beat Jessie Duarte for the position of deputy secretary-general. ANC Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile beat KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize to become the province’s nomination for treasurer-general.
The Free State, the ANC Veterans League and Mpumalanga also wrapped up their conferences in the past 12 hours.
The ANC Veterans League has also sent out a statement declaring that it had nominated Zuma as president, Ramaphosa as his deputy, Mbete as chairperson, Mantashe as secretary-general, Duarte as deputy secretary-general and Mkhize as treasurer-general – exactly the same line-up as was nominated by Mpumalanga yesterday, the ANC Women’s League earlier in the week and KwaZulu-Natal over the weekend. The Free State in Sasolburg nominated Zuma as president overnight, but the rest of its nominations deviated from the Zuma slate in that it nominated Mbete as deputy president and provincial premier Ace Magashule as chairperson. The Eastern Cape’s nominations conference was postponed because of disputes related to the nominations processes. The Eastern Cape is the ANC’s second biggest province and is divided between nominating Zuma and Motlanthe. Limpopo is set to hold its conference today while the North West, which could not settle on a venue for the conference, finally decided to have it in Hartebeespoort. Provincial secretary Kabelo Mataboge had called a conference in Mahikeng, but was overruled by a team of ANC national executive committee members who intervened overnight.
- City Press