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2013-11-10 14:00

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ANC hasn’t nominated any female candidates to head provinces

Female premiers have been given a vote of no confidence by the ANC branches, with only men topping all of the party’s nine provincial lists as possible candidates for next year’s general elections.

Premier of Gauteng Nomvula Mokonyane, North West’s Thandi Modise, Northern Cape’s Sylvia Lucas and Eastern Cape’s Noxolo Kiviet are all out of favour in their respective provinces and have been placed on national (parliamentary) lists or lower down on their provincial lists. They are topped by men.

There is speculation, however, that some of these premiers could become part of President Jacob Zuma’s executive next year.

Some men could be forced to make way for women during the formal appointment process for premiers after next year’s elections as the governing party is sensitive to gender parity.

Zuma still tops the ANC’s charts as South Africa’s Number 1.

His party deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, is number two on all the national (parliamentary) lists, indicating that he is likely to replace Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

Fault lines in provinces did, however,show up, with members of dominant camps placed higher on provincial lists than their rivals. Cope returnees like Phillip Dexter and Neville Mompati were left out.

Many provinces missed the ANC’s deadline – end of last month – for lists, but the last of them, Gauteng, is set to finalise its lists today.

The national officials will then amend the lists to reflect continuity and gender parity before the party’s national list conference, set to be on December 8, finalises nominations.

» Western Cape: Chairperson Marius Fransman has hedged all his bets on the ANC winning back the province by appearing first on the list.

“I’m a man who likes to gamble,” he jokingly told Cape Times.

A source said: “The biggest shock here was that the [Mcebisi] Skwatsha group got hurt.” Skwatsha, an MPL, was in the dominant faction when the 2009 lists were compiled, but he is out of favour now.

» KwaZulu-Natal:Rumours that the province would sideline Ramaphosa in favour of AU Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma proved to be untrue. She comes in third, just after Ramaphosa.

Axed police chief Bheki Cele made the top third of the national list. Leaders from rival camps, provincial chair Senzo Mchunu and his deputy, Willies Mchunu, are both in the top three of the provincial list.

Provincial secretary Sihle Zikhalala said: “You will not find any battle of the Mchunus here [on the lists].”

» Gauteng: Mokonyane was moved out of the province. A Zuma supporter, she has found herself at odds with the provincial leadership, who opposed Zuma at the party’s elective conference in December.

» Eastern Cape: Provincial chairperson Phumulo Masualle leads the provincial list, which favours Zuma supporters.

Some of the members of Kiviet’s executive have also fallen out of favour and are likely to be sent to Parliament. MP Mandla Mandela could remain in the province as his name is higher on the provincial than on the national list.

» North West: The deeply divided province took three days to hold its conference. Provincial chairperson Supra Mahumapelo’s camp was triumphant. Modise, who opposed Zuma’s re-election last year, is sixth on the provincial list.

» Limpopo: The province is set to elect leaders next month to replace its task team. But hard lobbying has seen Premier Stan Mathabatha top the lists.

MEC Dickson Masemola, a Zuma supporter like Mathabatha, only comes in at ninth on the provincial list. Former premier Cassel Mathale, who opposed Zuma’s re-election, is on the national list.

» Mpumalanga: In-fighting in Premier David Mabuza’s camp has seen some of his allies dropped from the lists, sources have said. Mabuza is a staunch Zuma supporter.

» Free State: AceMagashule is set to return as he tops the provincial list, indicating that recent attempts by his rivals to challenge him amounted to nothing.

» Northern Cape: Provincial secretary Zamani Saul is on the provincial list, possibly as a back-up should provincial chairperson and possible premier candidate John Block be convicted of corruption. Block’s co-accused, Alvin Botes and Yolanda Botha, also feature high on the lists.

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