Three provinces favour Zuma

By Drum Digital
09 October 2012

Three provincial ANC branches support President Jacob Zuma serving a second term as the party's president, while two favour Kgalema Motlanthe.

Four provinces had not officially made known their choices by Tuesday.

The African National Congress in the Eastern Cape, North West and Mpumalanga are in favour of Zuma being re-elected as president at the party's national conference in Mangaung in December.

Gauteng and Limpopo would rather have his deputy, Motlanthe, as president.

The Western Cape, Free State, Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal have not yet made clear their recommendations.

The nomination of candidates for the ANC's top leadership positions opened at the beginning of the month.

Branches are the first to decide their preferred nominees. They then hold nomination conferences to determine their final submission to the ANC's electoral commission.

KwaZulu-Natal will send the most delegates to the national conference --974 out of the total of 4500 delegates.

The KwaZulu-Natal provincial executive committee (PEC) has not yet announced its Mangaung wishlist. However, it is the home province of Zuma.

The province holds its nominating conference on November 24.

The second biggest province, the Eastern Cape, will send 676 delegates to the conference.

Spokesman Mlibo Qoboshiyane said: "We are for continuity with change."

With Zuma as leader, the party favoured Motlanthe to stay on for another term as deputy president.

"But if he is standing as president, we are prepared to agree on the deputy president being one of the most known businesspeople... Cyril Ramaphosa," Qoboshiyane said.

The province wanted Baleka Mbete to serve again as chairwoman, and Gwede Mantashe as secretary general.

Jessie Duarte should be elected deputy secretary general while Naledi Pandor should be treasurer general, he said.

"All our regions have pronounced, and taken the same decision... the majority of our regions agree," Qoboshiyane said.

Branch general meetings should be concluded by November 20.

Limpopo, with 574 delegates, wants Motlanthe for president, Tokyo Sexwale for deputy president and Fikile Mbalula for secretary general.

The province recommended that Thandi Modise retain her position as deputy secretary general, and that Mathews Phosa stay on as treasurer general. The position of chairwoman should go to Thenjiwe Mtitso.

The Gauteng ANC supports Febe Potgieter as deputy secretary general and Paul Mashatile as treasurer general.

The province could not agree on the other positions. It recommended both Sexwale and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma for deputy president, Joel Netshitenzhe and Mantashe for secretary general, and Modise or Pandor for chairperson.

Gauteng will send 500 delegates.

Mpumalanga, with 467 delegates, resolved to nominate leadership "in touch with the people, accessible, and flexible".

It favours keeping Zuma, Mbete and Mantashe in their current positions.

The province has put forward the names of Ramaphosa for deputy president, Duarte as deputy secretary general and KwaZulu-Natal premier Zweli Mkhize as treasurer general.

The Free State, which will send 324 delegates, has not yet made known its choice. The Mail&Guardian reported that it supported Zuma.

The ANC North West PEC called for the status quo to be maintained among the top six national executive committee members.

The province will have 234 voting delegates.

The ANC in the Western Cape had not yet decided who to nominate, according to provincial chairman Marius Fransman.

The PEC would meet on Wednesday to discuss "both a policy and a name discussion", and talks on the "type of leadership" required for that policy, he said.

Fransman was quoted in the Cape Times last Tuesday as saying that he personally believed Zuma should serve a second term and that he was not supporting radical leadership change.

However, he told Sapa the ultimate goal was to "show cohesion, and not speculate".

ANC branches in the Northern Cape would discuss their nominations this weekend, said spokeswoman Gail Parker.

The province, with 176 voting delegates, would announce its choices only after the branches had made their nominations.

Parker said the provincial leadership would try to maintain unity and cohesion in the ANC in the province.

"We would ask branches not to compromise unity within the Northern Cape ANC when making decisions on leadership nominations."

The ANC Youth League will send 45 delegates to Mangaung to vote for Motlanthe as president and Mbalula as secretary general.

It favours either Phosa or Sexwale for deputy president. Sexwale could also be nominated as treasurer general.

The names of Modise, Mashatile, and Mtitso were also put forward.

Seven of the nine provincial ANC Woman's Leagues want Zuma for another five years.

The Women's Leagues in Gauteng and Limpopo have not yet decided who they will nominate.

The league -- with 45 delegates -- wants three of the top six ANC officials to be women.

It is not yet clear who the Umkhonto We Sizwe Military Veterans' Association (MKMVA) -- with 45 delegates -- will back.

The Gauteng branches will back Zuma for a second term, despite pronouncements by its provincial executive that it will remain neutral.

The MKMVA branches' preferred candidate list called for Motlanthe as deputy president, Mbete as chair, and Mantashe as secretary general.

Duarte was named as deputy secretary general. Deputy Correctional Services Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi was listed as treasurer general.

The Veterans' League holds its national conference between October 11 and 14.

Nominations close at the end of November.

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