‘Have you heard the good news, Motlanthe is going down’

2012-12-16 13:29

There is no doubt who the favourite leader of the ANC’s elective conference is.

Songs delegates sang while waiting for the highly anticipated Mangaung conference to kick off favoured President Jacob Zuma.

“Have you heard the good news, Kgalema Motlanthe is going down,” was a favourite with the Sekhukhune region in Limpopo, who defied their provincial leadership by supporting Zuma.

ANC veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, who is known not to be on a good footing with Zuma, told City Press that she is “ecstatic” about the conference.

Businessman Cyril Ramaphosa rushed to the VIP toilets shortly before proceedings started to swap his designer shirt for an ANC shirt.

Ramaphosa has not yet said whether he will accept nomination for the position of deputy president, for which he received overwhelming support from the provinces.

Supporters of deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe is still confident they will give president Jacob Zuma a run for his money.

A surly group of Gauteng ANC leaders who support Motlanthe, including Arts Minister Paul Mashatile, looked on as most of the 4 500 delegates were singing in favour of Zuma.

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