Motlanthe gets support from W. Cape, Limpopo

2012-12-07 00:00

DEPUTY President Kgalema Motlanthe received a boost yesterday when it was announced that two of the ANC’s provinces had nominated him to contest the party’s leadership in Mangaung later this month.

Both the Western Cape and Limpopo nominated Motlanthe for ANC president at their provincial nomination conferences held on Wednesday.

The Limpopo conference nominated Mathews Phosa for deputy president and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula for the position of secretary-general. Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale was nominated as treasurer, current deputy secretary-general Thandi Modise as national chairperson and Thenjiwe Mtintso as deputy secretary.

In the Western Cape, Cyril Ramphosa received the highest number of votes for deputy president, while Fikile Mbalula was nominated for secretary-general, with Modise as his deputy. Baleka Mbete was nominated as chairperson and Zweli Mkhize as treasurer-general.

The Limpopo and Western Cape decisions mean that Motlanthe now has three provinces behind him, as well as the ANC Youth League.

Zuma, who pundits are already predicting will win a second term in office, has the backing of six provinces, and the ANC Women’s and Veterans’ leagues.

However, Motlanthe’s supporters believe that all is not lost and with delegates voting by secret ballot at Mangaung, there may be some surprises.

The supporters point to the messy nomination process, with conferences collapsing amid accusations of vote rigging and intimidation.

This has given them hope of collecting far more votes in the ballot at Mangaung than have been reflected in the nomination process.

At the Polokwane conference, there were fears that delegates would not carry out their branch mandates and would change their votes, with a suggestion from the floor that delegates should photograph their ballots to show their branches. However, the suggestion was not carried.

Zuma’s win was later blamed on delegates changing their votes during the secret ballot.

Sources within the ANC believe that the narrow margins in the nomination process in certain provinces could mean the vote could go either way.

The Witness has learnt from senior ANC sources that electronic equipment may be tested in the voting process at Mangaung. The manual voting process would go ahead, while the electronic system would be tested alongside. While the decision at this conference would be based on the manual voting system, voting at future conferences would probably be done electronically.

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