No KZN, Gauteng ANC deal

2012-10-09 00:00

THE Gauteng ANC has apparently spurned a compromise deal from its KwaZulu-Natal counterparts, who had hoped to secure a second term unopposed for Jacob Zuma as party president.

This follows a bilateral meeting in Durban yesterday between the provincial working committees, headed by Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile and his KZN counterpart Zweli Mkhize.

KwaZulu-Natal had hoped to cut a deal that would have seen Gauteng switch its support from Kgalema Motlanthe in favour of Zuma remaining ANC president for another five years.

Motlanthe would remain ANC deputy president, with the sweetener the assurance that he would become South African president in 2014 given that the ANC expects to win the general election again.

Yesterday’s meeting followed the Gauteng Provincial Executive Committee’s (PEC) announcement on Sunday that it would support Motlanthe for ANC president and a change of heart was not expected.

In a joint statement that was short on detail, both PECs said their talks were a continuation of many meetings between the two provinces.

The discussions were described as “frank and robust”, and aimed at building a common approach to the party’s elective conference in Mangaung in December.

The statement stressed that differences and questions of leadership must be discussed “in a comradely manner, without acrimony and tension”.

It added the two PECs had agreed to work on building unity, but did not say how.

Meanwhile, the ANC in Limpopo has announced its preference for Motlanthe as party president, with Tokyo Sexwale as his deputy, Fikile Mbalula as secretary-general, Thandi Modise his deputy, Mathews Phosa as treasurer-general and Thenjiwe Mtintso as chairperson.

This is in contrast to the Mpumlanga ANC, which yesterday afternoon announced it would back Zuma for party president for a second term, Cyril Ramaphosa as his deptuy, Jessie Duarte as deputy secretary-general and Zweli Mkhize as treasurer-general.

It favoured retaining Baleka Mbete as chairperson and Gwede Mantashe as secretary-general.

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