ANC leadership battle: Game on?

2012-12-12 22:50
(Picture: SAPA)

(Picture: SAPA)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will challenge incumbent President Jacob Zuma for the leadership of the African National Congress and the country, a source close to Motlanthe told AFP on Wednesday.

"Yes, of course he will stand," the source said on condition of anonymity, setting up a leadership battle at the party's elective conference which begins on Sunday.

City Press also cited a source close to Motlanthe as saying the deputy president received a call from the ANC’s electoral commission on Wednesday, and indicated that he would stand.

A second, independent source on the ANC NEC confirmed this, City Press reported.

SAfm, one of three radio stations to report the news, said it had "reliably learnt" that Motlanthe would accept the nominations.

Eyewitness News and Jacaranda News carried similar reports.

But, Motlanthe's spokesperson Thabo Masebe declined to confirm the reports, saying the "matter is now in the hands of the ANC's electoral commission".

"I know they have been in contact with the deputy president, but the deputy president won't make any statements about that because he respects the fact the electoral commission is responsible for the process of nominations."

Masebe said the ANC's electoral commission would announce who was nominated.

Stop corruption

The commission is scheduled to hold a news briefing in Johannesburg on Thursday.

In a speech late on Wednesday, Motlanthe did not directly announce his candidature, but had a stern message about the health of the party.

"We should stop the culture of corruption that is creeping within our rank, corroding our value system and undermining the memory of thousands of leaders... who have ensured that the ground is prepared for a free and democratic society that we are taking for granted today," he said.

Motlanthe faces an uphill struggle to wrest control of the party from Zuma, who appears to have the backing of a majority of the provincial party branches.

He has the backing of members in the provinces of Gauteng, the Western Cape and Limpopo, as well as the support of the ANC Youth League - far from enough to secure the nomination.

"I do see President Zuma winning again... just because the largest amount of delegates in the conference comes from KwaZulu-Natal, which is of course his home province," said Adriaan Basson, author of "Zuma Exposed".

"He's almost got a quarter of the votes already in the pocket just from this one province."

Political analyst Steven Friedman also felt that Motlanthe's acceptance of the nomination would mean little, and that he expects Zuma to be-re-elected.

"I think Mr Motlanthe knows that... the branches have overwhelmingly decided on Mr [Jacob] Zuma," he said on the sidelines of a panel debate at Constitution Hill.

"What does change is that because you have a contested election it becomes possible that the people of Mangaung will question whether certain delegates [or groups] should be there or not."

He said unless hundreds of delegates at the ANC's elective conference ignored what their branches had decided, Zuma would be re-elected as president.

Friedman said Mathews Phosa and Fikile Mbabula's acceptance of nominations, also to executive seats, was a test of strength against ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe.

"The idea of contesting Mantashe is an attempt to demonstrate strength...and it won't be a successful attempt."

Phosa had earlier confirmed to Sapa that he had accepted the nomination to stand for the deputy presidency.

"I've accepted the nomination by the ANC branches for me to stand as deputy president," said Phosa.

"I am abiding by what they [the ANC branches] put forward to me."

Jacaranda FM on its Twitter page said Mbalaula had also accepted nomination for the position of secretary general.

His spokesperson Justin de Allende said: "He is a member of the ANC. As a member of the ANC he's eligible and duty-bound to accept any form of deployment, as members of the ANC, request of us..."

Read more on:    anc  |  kgalema motlanthe  |  jacob zuma  |  steven friedman  |  fikile mbalula  |  mathews phosa  |  mangaung 2012  |  politics
NEXT ON NEWS24X

NPA files Dewani response

2014-11-21 22:18
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
50 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Sport
 

3 sports games you have to watch this weekend

Whether it’s date night or a braai with buddies, plan around these three exciting sporting games!

 
 

Men24.com

How to maintain your mo, bro
Hottie of the day: Colette
Pro-skater Tony Hawk rides a hoverboard!
10 ways to drive her wild!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

20% off ALL TV Series

Choose from 1000’s of the hottest TV Series . While stocks last. Shop now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 35% off books

Save up to 35% on the latest page-turners. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a strong desire to be unique, self sufficient, right and in control today. Your mind is fast today and you may have the...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.