Anti-Zuma lobby meet to decide leaders

2012-09-06 17:59
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Johannesburg - ANC leaders from eight provinces, all of whom are opposed to President Jacob Zuma’s leadership, met on Wednesday night in an attempt to agree on who their candidates for the party’s top six positions should be.

Sources with knowledge of the meeting told City Press that while the leaders agree Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe should be their presidential candidate, they fear his reluctance might sink their campaign.

The camp is also struggling to agree on who they want to nominate as secretary general.

The ANC Youth League is pushing hard for its former leader, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, to stand for the position.

But the Eastern Cape wants Gwede Mantashe to retain his position, while Gauteng is backing ANC national executive member Joel Netshitenzhe to become secretary general.

Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale was punted in the meeting as a possible deputy president, while Mathews Phosa is likely to be nominated to remain treasurer general.

The meeting could not agree on nominees for deputy secretary general and chairperson, and KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape representatives were asked to come up with possible - “preferably female” - candidates, someone who attended the meeting told City Press.

The “forces of change” lobby in KwaZulu-Natal has been proposing provincial chairperson and Premier Zweli Mkhize or MEC Senzo Mchunu’s names as possible chairpersons.

It is not clear whether Motlanthe will agree to be nominated.

The Mail & Guardian reported last week that Motlanthe told lobbyists at a meeting, dubbed the “Malibongwe gathering”, that he would only accept a nomination if it was not aligned to slates (election lists of candidates).

Two sources who were briefed about the meeting said representatives from all provinces except the Northern Cape attended.

Not all who wanted to attend could make it because of the bad weather over Gauteng on Wednesday night.

The lobbyists are due to meet again next week.

The ANC’s leadership nominations open formally next month, and branches are this month gathering to decide who they should nominate.

Read more on:    anc  |  tokyo sexwale  |  gwede mantashe  |  jacob zuma  |  joel netshitenzhe  |  fikile mbalula  |  zweli mkhize  |  mathews phosa  |  johannesburg  |  mangaung 2012  |  politics
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