Insight Mangaung: Numbers reveal the victor

2012-12-02 10:00

Surprise win for Zuma in E Cape

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe’s reluctance to say whether he wants to be president cost him the support of the Eastern Cape, local campaigners say.

President Jacob Zuma’s quiet campaign in the Eastern Cape has paid dividends in the ANC’s second-biggest province.

This was proved when Zuma won the Eastern Cape nomination by securing 392 votes.

Motlanthe managed just 211 votes.

This is far less than the 50/50 split that had been predicted for some time among the province’s branches.

Some have attributed Zuma’s strong showing in the provincial nominations to the relentless efforts of his campaigners, and his frequent visits to the Eastern Cape did not go unnoticed.

The proliferation of pro-Zuma T-shirts at the conference was an early sign of where things were headed.

However, it was not expected that he would beat Motlanthe by such an overwhelming margin.

Said a regional leader who attended the two-day nominations conference in Alice: “Motlanthe’s campaign has no face because he has not confirmed his availability.

“And it is difficult to campaign against an incumbent because he is better resourced. The campaign opened in October, but Motlanthe didn’t campaign at all.”

Some pro-change delegates were lamenting what they called the theft of the provincial general council meeting by their rival because some delegates were allegedly disbarred by the pro-Zuma provincial leadership.

Some delegates disputed how the accredited delegates went up from 535 to 602 during the voting last night.

The matter is being handled by a task team led by Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane. – Sabelo Ndlangisa

Status quo for the North Cape

Though the Northern Cape is sending one of the smallest delegations to Mangaung, it does not seem to take its cue from any of the bigger provinces.

Unlike other provinces that went with one of two widely circulated leadership list that excluded either President Jacob Zuma or Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe – the Northern Cape kept them both in their current positions.

The Northern Cape is the only province that nominated Motlanthe for deputy president. In the others he either received a nomination for president or no nomination at all.

Other surprises include the nomination of Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu for treasurer-general and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula for deputy secretary-general.

Neither Sisulu nor Mbalula feature on any other nomination lists of provinces that have held their nomination conferences.

Mbalula is a close ally of provincial chairman John Block, who was charged with corruption recently.

With its 186 delegates, the Northern Cape hopes to be a kingmaker province at Mangaung and use its delegates to swing the vote in the case of a tightly contested election. – Cathy Dlodlo

Chairs fly at Limpopo conference

Violence and a missing provincial chairperson were the hallmarks of Limpopo’s closely contested nominations conference, which was abandoned in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Supporters of President Jacob Zuma and his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe clashed after Zuma’s supporters lost their patience when the nominations process – which was supposed to start on Friday morning – was delayed by more than 15 hours.

They locked horns with Motlanthe’s supporters, hurling glasses, coffee mugs, glass plates, cutlery and chairs at each other.

They manhandled each other, overturned tables, spilled food, stormed the podium and seized control of the microphones, declaring that Zuma had won the province’s nomination.

They asked Motlanthe’s supporters to leave.

A scuffle erupted and security guards had to use pepper spray and eventually pulled their guns and cocked them to disperse the angry crowds.

Just after midnight, the conference was abandoned.

The conference delay was blamed on the slow verification of delegates and their branches.

Zuma supporters said branches that nominated Zuma were left out of the process and they said the conference was badly organised.

But ANC provincial spokesman Makonde Mathivha said the violence “was started by people who realised the results were not going their way”.

He said the province was liaising with ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe to decide what will happen next.

Meanwhile, Premier Cassel Mathale, who was supposed to open and close the conference, left for South Korea on Thursday. It is not clear what he is doing there. – Sipho Masondo

Too little too late for Motlanthe?

The Gauteng nomination conference was a victory for Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, but not quite as convincing as his campaigners had hoped.

Motlanthe got 238 votes at the conference held at Turffontein race course in Johannesburg, but it remains to seen whether the gamble will pay off. President Jacob Zuma garnered 173 votes.

Motlanthe is therefore assured of at least one nomination at Mangaung – you need one province to nominate you – but it’s not clear if he will progress beyond that.

Apart from an endorsement from the ANC Youth League, Motlanthe does not feature as a presidential candidate on any other leadership list from other provinces.

The Northern Cape has, however, nominated him for deputy president.

Some delegates at the Gauteng conference referred to the endorsement expelled ANC youth leader Julius Malema gave Motlanthe, and said they decided against the deputy president out of fear that “he will bring back Julius”.

The Gauteng provincial leadership was the first to pronounce its preference months ago, in an act condemned by Luthuli House.

But shortly before the conference, provincial chairperson Paul Mashatile was cautious when he told City Press: “Whatever branches decide, we will accept.”

The rest of the slate includes Tokyo Sexwale for deputy president, Baleka Mbete for chairperson, Gwede Mantashe for secretary-general, Febe Potgieter as his deputy and Mashatile for treasurer-general. Thandi Modise was nominated for chairperson. – Carien du Plessis and Mandy Rossouw

Western Cape conference collapses

It was a dispute over the legitimacy of 21 branches that kept ANC delegates at the University of the Western Cape up all night on Friday.

According to provincial chairperson and Deputy International Relations Minister Marius Fransman there were 21 branches supporting President Jacob Zuma that did not make it onto the final list of branches allowed to vote at the provincial gathering.

But provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile, who is a key lobbyist for Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, says the conference collapsed because delegates couldn’t decide whether it may deal with these kind of disputes.

In the end, the 150 delegates had to go home and the province missed the deadline to submit its nominations to Luthuli House.

A task team, made up of parliamentary deputy speaker Nomaindia Mfeketo, Planning Minister Trevor Manuel, Deputy Arts Minister Joe Phaahla and Communications Minister Dina Pule, was deployed by the party’s national executive committee (NEC) to see that the process of nominations ran smoothly.

Delegate Nomnxibo Ngobozi said the conference was a waste of time.

“Nothing happened. We sat there and there was no direction from the leaders, except that they were playing hide and seek with us,” she said. The conference was due to be convened late on Saturday – Sandiso Phaliso / West Cape News

Mpumalanga is (almost) 100% JZ

Death, taxes and support from Mpumalanga are the few things in life President Jacob Zuma can be sure of.

Mpumalanga rubber-stamped the leadership-nomination list that KwaZulu-Natal championed, which features Zuma for president and businessman Cyril Ramaphosa for deputy president.

Zuma received 427 votes to comfortably secure the nomination for the presidency, while only 17 votes went to Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe for the same position.

Most provinces tried to spice up their nominations list by adding one of their own, but Mpumalanga steered clear of any surprises.

Even when communications minister Dina Pule was nominated for treasurer-general, she didn’t manage to get a single vote.

The rest of the leadership nominations included Baleka Mbete for chairperson, incumbent Gwede Mantashe for secretary-general, Jessie Duarte as his deputy and Kwazulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize for treasurer-general. – Sizwe sama Yende

FS wants Mbete for deputy president

ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete received her first and only nomination for deputy president when she beat incumbent Kgalema Motlanthe and businessman Cyril Ramaphosa at the Free State provincial nominations conference.

President Jacob Zuma, who has always enjoyed massive support from the province, was nominated unopposed.

Delegates sang pro-Zuma songs throughout Thursday night, clad in “100% Zumantashe” T-shirts, a reference to their support for Zuma and ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe.

Of the 249 delegates who voted early on Friday morning in Sasolburg, 235 voted to nominate Mbete, while branches nominated incumbent Free State Premier Ace Magashule for the position of chairperson with 233 votes.

Branches want Mantashe to remain in his current position after he received 223 votes at the nominations conference.

ANC stalwart Jessie Duarte got the nod for deputy secretary-general, with 235 delegates nominating her, while KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize was nominated with 229 votes for the position of treasurer-general.

Magashule told delegates the outcome of the Constitutional Court case, in which Free State ANC members are taking the party to court, will have no bearing on the 379 delegates going to Mangaung. – Xolani Mbanjwa

KZN unanimously behind Zuma

KwaZulu-Natal’s nomination of President Jacob Zuma for a second term came as no surprise.

The province – the ANC’s largest – went into the nominations conference well organised and united.

The party machine in the province, led by secretary Sihle Zikalala, is well-oiled and effective.

By the time conference started last Saturday, there were only two objections from branches, both of which were resolved before the voting started Sunday.

Speculation that fired police commissioner Bheki Cele would sway branches in favour of the Anything But Zuma (ABZ) camp proved to have been just that.

The province’s final list of nominees for the national executive committee (NEC) totally excludes ABZ nominees Kgalema Motlanthe, Tokyo Sexwale, Paul Mashatile, Mathews Phosa and Fikile Mbalula.

Cele’s popularity in the province seems unaffected by the ABZ rumours – he was the most popular of all the nominees chosen for the NEC by the province.

Current deputy secretary-general Thandi Modise also failed to make the KwaZulu-Natal cut.

The mood of the conference was buoyant, despite the programme being altered so that the elective part was dealt with on the second day, with the first focusing on discussion documents. – Paddy Harper

Divided North West slow to nominate

Nominations in the closely contested North West failed to get off the ground after disagreements within the provincial leadership about where the nominations conference should be held.

An attempt on provincial secretary Kabelo Mataboge’s life in the early hours of Friday morning also cast a dark cloud over proceedings.

Mataboge had attempted to convene a conference in Mahikeng, but provincial chairman Supra Mahumapelo insisted the provincial leadership had agreed the conference would be in Hartbeespoort.

This was also the conference recognised by the national executive committee deployees to the province, MP Thaba Mufamadi and Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

Both sides claimed a delay in the verification of members by the ANC’s Luthuli House headquarters was the cause of the late start.

Both conferences, originally scheduled for Friday morning, were expected to start late yesterday.

Mataboge insisted the conference convened by him was legitimate.

“Only the office of the provincial secretary can convene meetings, I don’t know who is convening the Hartbeespoort meeting,” he said.

The dispute arises from parallel branches having been created in the province.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe refused to comment on provincial conferences. – Carien du Plessis

- City Press

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