Massive boost for Zuma re-election hopes as KZN membership swells

2012-09-29 09:31

President Jacob Zuma is set to be re-elected for yet another term at the helm of the ANC following revelations that KwaZulu-Natal ANC support has grown dramatically.

The party’s membership is in good standing in KwaZulu-Natal and has grown by around 90 000 since January, bringing it to 331 820 members.

The province is firmly behind Zuma and will support him at the party’s elective conference in Mangaung.

The second biggest province, the Eastern Cape, has decline by about 40 000 to 187 585 members.

It is one of the provinces that those who are planning to topple Zuma were banking on for support, even though the province is said to be divided.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe could not explain the Eastern Cape’s decline last night, but said there had been efforts to build the party in KZN, while the Eastern Cape continued to grapple with “challenges”.

In total the ANC now has 1 220 057 members and 3 687 branches that meet the threshold to send delegates to Mangaung. Mantashe said 631 branches did not pass the audit.

The branches were now allowed to nominate the delegates to represent them, as well as to nominate preferred candidates for the ANC leadership in Mangaung, Mantashe said.

The names should be submitted to the party’s electoral commission by the end of November.

Audited ANC membership for other provinces is as follows:

» Free State 121 074

» Gauteng 134 905

» Limpopo 161 686

» Mpumalanga 132 729

» North West 75 145

» Northern Cape 36 428

» Western Cape 38 499

Each of the party’s leagues would be represented by 45 delegates at the Mangaung conference, while the provincial executive committees will each have 20 representatives.

Mantashe said the electoral commission would be run by the party’s veterans.

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