Mangaung deadline missed?

2012-12-01 00:00

FIVE provinces were rushing against a midnight deadline yesterday to complete their nomination conferences on who they want to lead the party after Mangaung.

At the time of going to press, the ANC in the North West seemed set to miss it, amid serious ructions in the province.

The divisions appear to be between factions led by provincial chairperson Supra Muhamapelo backing President Jacob Zuma, and the secretary Kabelo Mataboge wanting Kgalema Motlanthe as president. Mataboge survived a shooting in the early hours of yesterday morning when he arrived at his home.

Limpopo also appeared to be cutting it fine, as the conference had not started by early yesterday evening. Limpopo had to postpone its conference on Tuesday evening to allow 70 branches to conclude their nomination meetings.

Last night, it appeared that some of Zuma’s supporters in the province were threatening to boycott the nomination.

Zuma’s supporters — clearly in the majority — who are wearing “100% Zumantashe” T-shirts, have now refused to continue with the registration process, accusing Limpopo’s provincial leadership of “cooking [up] bogus branches and delegates”.

Addressing a caucus of the Zuma grouping, former ANC secretary in the province Joe Maswanganyi said: “We will not go ahead with registration before we get an audit report so that we can verify all the branches and delegates for ourselves.

“Sometimes you need to fight fire with fire,” he said to rapturous applause from the crowd.

The Limpopo provincial leadership has endorsed Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to lead the ANC after Mangaung.

Other provinces who were deeply divided on who they want to lead, but who were on track to complete their nominations, were the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and Western Cape.

Eastern Cape provincial secretary Lubabalo Mabuyane said last night that delegates had nominated President Jacob Zuma and his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe to lead the party.

The Northern Cape nomination process got underway late yesterday afternoon. The Western Cape conference was delayed as discussions were underway to resolve the status of about 15 branches which had not received accreditation.

It was not clear by yesterday whether the North West Province would receive an extension.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu confirmed that the province had been in touch with ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe about the delay in the process, but declined to comment further.

“I am not able to speak about this issue,” he said.

The ANC’s national elective conference in Mangaung will take place in 16 days time.

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