Unclear if Limpopo will meet deadline

2012-11-28 12:33

Polokwane - It is not clear whether the Limpopo ANC will meet the party's nomination conference deadline, after it postponed its provincial conference.

The conference was postponed on Tuesday night to allow branches to conclude their branch general meetings (BGMs).

Provincial secretary Soviet Lekganyane said almost 70 branches in the province's five regions had not held BGMs, which would exclude them from the nomination conference.

The branches have until Friday to hold BGMs.

Power base

This is also the national executive committee's (NEC) deadline for all provinces to have held their nomination conferences - a cut-off which has already been extended by four days.

African National Congress spokesperson Keith Khoza confirmed on Wednesday that the deadline was still November 30.

An extension could be granted only by the ANC's secretary-general [SG] Gwede Mantashe.
"I'm not sure if they [Limpopo] have made submissions to the SG," Khoza said.

Limpopo is one of the power bases of a faction calling for a change in ANC leadership.

The provincial executive committee is supporting Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to take over from President Jacob Zuma.

However, on Tuesday night Zuma supporters in the province gathered at Zororo lodge, on the outskirts of Polokwane.

A large crowd, many wearing T-shirts with a picture of Zuma's face printed on them, stood around chatting as music played in the background.

A man danced and sang to the song "Msholozi [Zuma's clan name] for a second term".

Unclear if Motlanthe will contest Zuma

The people said they were branch delegates who had gone to Polokwane for the nomination conference.

Pro-Zuma delegates have complained that parallel branches in the province had stolen their branches from them.

The ANC holds its national elective conference in Mangaung next month.

Although Motlanthe has been endorsed by some in the party, it is still not clear whether he will contest Zuma.

Only one of the party's nine provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, has completed its nomination conference.

The province, which is the ANC's biggest, has come out in support of Zuma for a second term.

Four names

Mpumalanga and the Free State are also expected to support Zuma.

Four names have emerged as the favourites for deputy president.

Provinces calling for a second term for Zuma have endorsed Motlanthe or NEC member Cyril Ramaphosa as deputy president.

Those who want Zuma replaced are backing Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale or ANC treasurer general Mathews Phosa.

Gauteng, the Eastern Cape, and the Free State are expected to hold their nomination conferences in the next two days.

  • beverly.young3 - 2012-11-28 12:41

    "African Time"......I am amazed that they have any of their stuff together. Interesting nominations....lets see. I somehow feel we are going to be in for shock. Zuma has a HUGE majority of support, despite all the screaming and spitting.

  • john.turner.58760608 - 2012-11-28 12:42

    They are too busy interfering in NW to get their chummie reinstated as mayor than to bother about their own neck of the woods.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-28 13:05

      LOL! many people are unable to multi-task ne?

  • nathan.g.moss - 2012-11-28 13:18

    The more concerning thing is that are so far behind they probably think they are nominating candidates for the 2009 election.

  • Johnnie5 - 2012-11-28 14:24

    Committee will have to be form to find out why they are going to be late.

  • Johnnie5 - 2012-11-28 14:33

    Committee will have to be form to find out why they are going to be late.

  • matsutle.aphane - 2012-11-28 17:10

    one wonders again about the state of our province,, are we in a good hands?? both provincial goverment an ANC?? are we gonna bounce back?? or do we need changes?? advise me on thatz,, concern citizern,,

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