North West changes tune

2012-12-04 00:00

CAPE TOWN — The North West yesterday became the latest provincial structure in the ANC to nominate president Jacob Zuma as party leader — with 162 votes against 14 for Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

The scale of the Zuma victory at the reconstituted provincial nominations process in Rustenburg was totally in contrast with indications at grass roots levels that sparked division in the provincial vote over the weekend.

The majority of ANC branches in the North West voted for Cyril Ramaphosa as Zuma’s deputy.

The national executive committee (NEC) of the ANC decided at a meeting yesterday that the ruling party’s other two recalcitrant provinces, Western Cape and Limpopo, must hold their nomination conferences for the party’s leaders tomorrow. This after the provinces failed to finalise their votes over the weekend because of local divisions.

“The Zuma people now just want to rub our noses in the ground. They know with the weekend’s results [which gives Zuma a large margin of victory] they have enough momentum to also take Limpopo,” was what one Motlanthe supporter predicted last night.

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