Motlanthe wins by 9 votes in W Cape

2012-12-06 12:01
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe (File, Sapa)

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe (File, Sapa)

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

Cape Town - The Western Cape ANC on Thursday became the second province to officially nominate Kgalema Motlanthe to take over the reins of the ruling party.

Motlanthe won by a small margin of nine votes.

"The conference was basically in a situation of a 50/50 balance where Kgalema Motlanthe got 99 votes and Jacob Zuma got 90 votes," said ANC provincial chairperson and deputy international relations minister Marius Fransman.

Fransman said the provincial process was merely a nomination and was not necessarily a clear indication of how Western Cape delegates would vote at the national elective conference scheduled to start on December 16 in Mangaung.

Fransman believed the Western Cape's 90 votes for Zuma would help the president win a second term at Mangaung, where a total of 4 500 delegates were expected to cast their ballots.

'Every nomination counts'

Provincial ANC secretary Songezo Mjongile, a Motlanthe supporter, had a different interpretation of how the Western Cape vote would affect Mangaung.

Asked whether he thought the province's endorsement would boost the chances of Motlanthe accepting nomination at Mangaung, he replied: "Of course every nomination counts, so of course it would boost that."

The Western Cape also nominated former ANC Youth League president and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula for the position of secretary general.

Mbalula got 96 votes against 85 for current secretary general Gwede Mantashe.

A re-vote was called for after nominees for the positions of deputy president, deputy secretary, chairperson and treasurer general failed to get an outright majority.

Delegates gathered from 16:00 on Wednesday at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology for the Provincial General Council.

Read more on:    anc  |  kgalema motlanthe  |  jacob zuma  |  marius fransman  |  cape town  |  mangaung 2012  |  politics

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. 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
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Meet instagram star, Pumpkin the racoon

With 300 000 followers and growing Pumpkin is winning over the internet!



The cats that cost R35 000
Miley Cyrus can’t get enough of her new puppy
13 guilty pets
Meet SA's top poacher-catcher

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts

Plant some seeds. Your innovative mind is on fire and your ingenious ideas may just be the seeds for future projects. You may more

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


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 network.


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.