Motlanthe takes Limpopo

2012-12-06 10:27

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The ANC in Limpopo has wrapped up its controversial nominations conference with Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe getting 268 votes compared with President Jacob Zuma’s seven.

This after Zuma’s supporters staged a walk-out earlier.

The credentials were hotly contested when the conference finally began at 5am. The electoral agency decided that a vote should be used in order to either adopt or reject the credentials.

Of the 437 delegates who were inside the hall, 337 voted for the adoption of the credentials, prompting Zuma’s supporters to stage a walk-out.

They argued that it was unfair to begin nominations while ANC officials deployed by the party’s national executive committee (NEC) were still trying to resolve disputes involving 107 delegates.

These delegates claim that they were chosen in branch general meetings to represent their branches in Mangaung.

The electoral agency said there were 501 delegates whose credentials were verified and could vote.

But only 437 were available for voting before Zuma’s group had walked out. However, the group performed a head count after leaving the hall and it came to 190.

If the 190 is added to the 337 who voted in favour of the adoption of the credentials, the number of delegates add up to 527, instead of the 437 announced by the electoral agency.

If the 107 disputed delegates are added to the 527, the total number of delegates which would have attended the conference rises to 634.

After the announcement of the results, secretary Soviet Lekganyane said: “It’s a huge relief for us as a province.

There was a lot of interest in the outcome of Limpopo. The branches and the provincial executive committee have spoken.”

He said all the disputes had been resolved.

“We met with members of the NEC and all disputes were adjudicated last night. Disputes, in the main, were about meetings not falling in the jurisdiction of a branch or ward. Some branch meetings were held in awkward places which were not accessible. Others were unhappy about how meetings were conducted.”

He said it was the nature of conferences that some branches and delegates would be unhappy.

“You will have those stories,” he said, adding that vote rigging, the replacement of delegates with others and the exclusion of delegates were not possible as the auditing of branches and branches was done at head office.

Other nominations are as follows:

Mathews Phosa – Deputy president (254)

Thandi Modise – Chairperson (230)

Fikile Mbalula – Secretary General (262)

Thenjiwe Mtintso – Deputy Secretary (237)

Tokyo Sexwale – Treasurer General (254)

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