#ANCpolicy: State of play in the provinces – Northern Cape

2012-06-26 08:14

At its provincial conference in June it became clear this sparsely populated province is completely out of reach for President Jacob Zuma.

Local strongman John Block was re-elected as ANC provincial chairperson, which means he will continue his stranglehold on the province.

Block is investigated for his role in awarding tenders at inflated prices to businessman Gaston Savoi, a generous donor of the ANC’s and Block’s.

At the provincial conference Block’s contender, deputy minister Godfrey Oliphant, started campaigning too late and found Block too entrenched to change delegates’ minds.

Block is a close comrade of Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, and is expected to support the former youth league president in his bid for the position of secretary-general of the party.

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