ANC candidates list - As it happened

2014-01-28 12:08


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Just moments after the DA announced that Mamphela Ramphele would run as the party’s presidential candidate, the ANC is set to hold a news conference on, among other matters, its list of candidates who will represent it in Parliament and provincial legislatures.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said the party had guidelines which would determine whether those nominated for Cabinet were eligible.

The Star reported on Monday that former president Thabo Mbeki, seen as one of President Jacob Zuma’s political rivals, was nominated by the Gauteng branch of the party as a candidate for Parliament.

At Tuesday’s announcement of the DA-Agang alliance, Ramphele said: “Good people in the ANC have reached out to us, but are scared.”

13:05 - The news conference is over. 

13:01 - Mantashe: There are 23 municipalities identified as hotspots, that need to addressed.

12:58 - When a dog bites you, you don't bite it back. You hit it with a stick so pple can see it's a dog biting a human being - Mantashe on EFF.

12:54 - Mantashe says alleged concerns about Zuma being at top of list must come from structures of Daily Maverick. "No such concern in the ANC."

12:52 - Jackson Mthembu: "At no stage did we say we were going to release the list at this briefing."OK then...

12:49 - Mantashe only confirming that Zuma is no.1 on the list and Ramaphosa 2nd. "Number 3 is the rest of the NEC" as he refuses to name more.

12:45 - Mantashe: Where a candidate is placed on the list does not determine your fortunes, in terms of cabinet and premier deployment.

12:44 - Mantashe: The ANC is treating the deployment of women in government as a priority

12:41 - It seems as if we won't get the actual candidate list today. 

12:37 - Mantashe: It is preferable to release our list once we've registered it with the IEC.

12:35 - Mantashe: We're cleaning the list. We can't share it with the media. List includes 3 candidates from Mpumalanga, whose issue we're dealing with.

12:34 - The list of conferences are democratic, with little interference from the top, says Mantashe. 

12:32 - The ANC gave us copies of their press statement but no list of names. Not sure why we're here if we're not being told who's on the list, says Ranjeni Munusamy.

12:31 - One reporter wants to know when we're going to find out who is on the list. 

12:29 - Mantashe said earlier the ANC was "aiming for a resounding victory in 2014 [elections].

12:28 - Jackson Mthembu now speaking. Taking questions from journalists...

12:27 - Mantashe: List conference received a report from provincial nomination conferences. Considerations include skills & expertise.

12:25 - Mantashe recaps candidates list process. Says gender balance of 50/50 is in-built. No compromise on this principle.

12:23 -  Mantashe: It should not be about who we should be a democratic process...

12:22 - Mantashe hails launch of ANC manifesto in Mbombela and other cities as a success. Says that is a better survey for the party.

12:21 - Oh, it might happen now because Mantashe's just used the term "list conference"... 

12:20 - It's unclear whenMantashe will get to the actual list announcement...

12:19 - Mantashe says the State must have the capacity to do what it is expected to do.

12:18 - Mantashe: ANC agreed on stepping up infrastructure rollout

12:17 - Mantashe says they have concluded that South Africa is doing better than it was in 1994, especially for disadvantaged people.

12:16 - Mantashe: NEC accepted that 1 million jobs were lost during this term, but those jobs have since been recovered

12:14 - We're discussing modalities of redeploying experienced cadres to local government because local government being deprived of skills - Mantashe

12:14 - Mantashe: There'll be nothing wrong with president Zuma after retiring becoming a councillor in Nkandla .

12:13 - Mantashe: We're particularly concerned about local govt bcos people think being in national govt is an apex

12:12 - Mantashe: NEC welcomed the intervention in Madibeng. Where mayor and speaker were recalled over Mothutlung water crisis.

12:11 - Mantashe: I must clarify that we watch all of you (television stations).

12:10 - Mantashe asks media not ask about 'rent-a-leader, rent-a-black'. Apparent reference to DA/Agang.

12:07 - Gwede Mantashe speaking now. 

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