Anti-Zuma groups finalise battle plan

2012-09-08 16:42

Two groups in the ANC who want change in leadership are struggling to agree on who will contest the top six positions at the party’s December elective conference in Mangaung.

This follows the groups’ meeting on Wednesday in which they agreed that Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale would back out and throw his weight behind Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

In return, Sexwale will stand as deputy president candidate. Sexwale refused to comment this week, but his supporters in the Eastern Cape and Western Cape said they had reached a “compromise” with Motlanthe’s lobbyists.

The two groups did not agree on the other positions within the top six and will meet this week to finalise the list.

The most contested position is that of secretary-general:

»Some prefer to retain Gwede Mantashe;

»Gauteng wants national executive committee member Joel Netshitenzhe; and
»ANC Youth League lobbyists want Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula.

The group was scrambling to find female candidates because some of those the pro-change group had banked on defected to the Zuma camp, an Mbalula lobbyist said.

Another source close to Mbalula said Sexwale“was never outside” Motlanthe’s plan.

“Tokyo was our mobilisation man. We knew and he also knew it is time for Kgalema to take over. We need to unveil the face (to challenge Zuma).”

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