Motlanthe hedges his bets

2012-12-13 14:09

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Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has confirmed, through his spokesperson Thabo Masebe, that he has accepted nomination for leadership in Mangaung.

City Press reported yesterday that Motlanthe would stand for president, citing unnamed sources close to Motlanthe.

He received a call from the ANC electoral commission, which has so far refused to confirm who has accepted nominations, on the day.

This afternoon, Masebe told City Press that Motlanthe would stand for president, deputy president, and, in addition, the national executive committee.

Standing for the last position could be seen as an attempt to hedge his bets as President Jacob Zuma and businessman Cyril Ramaphosa are tipped to win the first two positions.

Motlanthe has rejected attempts to force him to declare in advance that he would not contest Zuma, saying it was up to ANC branches to nominate leaders.

Interestingly, his ally, Mathews Phosa, has also accepted nomination for deputy president.

The conference officially starts on Sunday in Bloemfontein.

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