ANC presidential race 'brings hope'

2012-12-17 17:30

Bloemfontein - ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe's move to contest the leadership of the party brings hope for many South Africans, an expert said on Monday.

"The nomination outcome indicates there is a voice of reason out there," said Sethulego Matebesi, political analyst at the University of the Free State.

He said despite the possibility that Motlanthe would be out in the wilderness after the party elections, he had accepted the presidential nomination.

"Irrespective of the outcome, the move has given many South Africans hope, at least there will be a democratic process."

Matebesi said this would bring confidence back to South Africans in the ANC.

President Jacob Zuma and Motlanthe were nominated for the position of party president at the ANC's national conference on Monday afternoon.

Matebesi said it was to an extent a surprise that Motlanthe had reconsidered his position as deputy president.

"My feeling looking to the interaction between them [Zuma and Motlanthe] one could actually feel the tension.

"I do get the feeling Jacob Zuma looks a bit overconfident."

Matebesi said the loud cheers for Zuma in the tent when his name was called was not the voting process itself and much could still happen.

Mathews Phosa, Cyril Ramaphosa and Tokyo Sexwale were nominated for the deputy president position. Five candidates were nominated from branch and provincial structures, but both Baleka Mbete and Motlanthe withdrew.

The nominations for national chairman were Mbete and Thandi Modise.

The secretary general position would be contested between Gwede Mantashe and Fikile Mbalula.

Matebesi said Mbalula's decision to accept his nomination was also surprising because of the feeling that he was still too outspoken.

"It is maybe a bit early for Mbalula."

Matebesi said the withdrawals for nomination to deputy secretary-general left Jessie Duarte as the only candidate for the position, and this was an indication of the confidence delegates had in her.

Nominations for treasurer general were Paul Mashatile and Zweli Mkhize.

Tokyo Sexwale and Lindiwe Sisulu declined their nominations for this position.

It was announced that the votes would be counted by hand.

Earlier it was confirmed that Free State and North West delegates would be part of the conference.

The credentials meeting of the national conference decided that voting delegates from the two provinces could participate, ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza said.

This meant they could vote for the party's top six officials.

The two province's delegates were asked to leave the conference venue at the end of the credentials meeting for a decision on the matter to be taken.

  • rudzanimulaudzi.mulaudzi - 2012-12-17 17:37

    Let the game began.

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-12-17 17:52

      indeed, it has much in common with SA soccer!

      david.j.scudder.1 - 2012-12-17 19:35

      Which ever candidate wins it will be a case of "Meet The New Boss, Same As The Old Boss.

      johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-12-17 19:58

      The picture says Zuma doesn't like it.

  • edwin.morena.3 - 2012-12-17 17:44

    Only palookas from KZN r going 2 win, 'cause they came in numbers.

      Phineas - 2012-12-24 12:56

      how can zuma and mathashe loose while mantashe is the one who is in charge of the brancher.

  • thys.human.75 - 2012-12-17 18:02

    What an utter stupid view to take and you call this guy "a political analyst"? Jeepers!

  • Thapelo Mphahlele - 2012-12-17 18:08

    Viva President Motlanthe wil be downfall to ANC if Zuma wins,He is illiterate Singer.

      neilza - 2012-12-17 18:45

      spot on oom haha

  • nicholus.nakanyane - 2012-12-17 18:11

    Hope?what Hope?was watching the whole thing yesterday,any analyst would have pickedup ..the whole conference is 1sided..even the dumb MC when she should ave been neutral..the minute ''opposition''members pick up on it..all hell will break loose and then the movie will start..

  • peter.mokoena.31 - 2012-12-17 18:15

    The provinces where corruption is prevalent will vote for Zuma, and those who are clinging for the political careers, but will loose it all when the voters cast their votes. Even if people won't vote for the DA me my family and next of kin, will sit on our votes, and lol some people will loose their majority...

  • nick.athinodorou - 2012-12-17 18:18

    Motlante's challenge has been nothing more than an engineered smokescreen designed to give Zuma's second term a veneer of legitimacy in my opinion. The guys at Luthuli house should go into film making because this has been an oscar winning peformance from all the actors involved.

  • sbusiso.dlamini.79 - 2012-12-17 18:29

    I am lying in my bed never felt so depressed, hopeless. Zuma camp already celebrating, what are they celebrating. Am I loosing my mind, what has this man done to deserve such popularity and thus second term. Are these people ignoring every crises the country is facing, or there is more that ordinary citizens do not understand about his achievements. What is going on. His political report was like any other state of the nation adresses, no substance just word after word of empty promises and achievements that can be done by taxi drivers.

      cathy.dejongh.5 - 2012-12-17 19:03

      It's awful, I feel the same.

      Roy Chambal - 2012-12-17 19:30

      sibusiso, wht on haven have you done for South Africans for us to Vote for you??? i mean u say Zuma done nothing, who did something better??? you??? i mean the Apartheid govmnt did nothing until we took over, but ever since you people never been happy with neither of the leaders - wht u suggesting? shall we vote the whites back??? what a shame will that be for black people not only south african but africa as wholean only bcoz u people never satisfied u just want2complain an complain to please whites and their magogo Madam using the very same black to win power back - shame on yoll ur a disgrace

      kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-12-17 19:55

      Roy you are just downright daft. How can you vote whites back? Ever done maths at school? How many whites are there in South Africa? Keep in mind 8 out of 10 ppl are black. The problem is that you cannot pathom the idea that the more educated and intelligent black people are starting to see what the ANC is really all about and trust me, it aint about the ordinary poor citizens of this country. Its all about self enrichment and keeping positions to continue living like kings whilst the rest remains slaves to their own blindness. Like you...

      sbusiso.dlamini.79 - 2012-12-17 20:04

      For those that disagree with me, all I am saying is we need to stop blaming the past for all that is going wrong. What has aprtheid had to do with corruption charges against zuma, what has apartheid had to do with the high court rulling against appointment of menzi simelane, what has apartheid had to do with marikana saga, judge mogoeng, limpopo textbook saga. You need to wake up, whoever runs the country now, black or white, we not going back to apartheid.if you disagree with me, then enlightene me what has been achieved?, trevor manuel is leaving one of the highly respected man on our land, too bad he is not black enough to be given a platform, monthlante will lose because zuma has done all he can never to answer for his corruption allegations, he had four years to make sure state resources are used to advance his agenda. I drive a minibus taxi but not stupid not to differentiate between competent individual and a manipulator.

  • Lesego Richard Mokoko - 2012-12-17 18:30

    I go for Kgalema Motlanthe.....vivaaaaaa

  • neilza - 2012-12-17 18:34

    i dont trust Kgalema. Rather have zuma. Kgalema is a Malema buddy so if he gets in we have to deal with Julius again.

  • charles.alfonso.7 - 2012-12-17 18:35

    In simple terms if this congress votes Mr Zuma back into power it is simply telling the rest of South African's that polgamy, casual sex, children born out of wedlock, impregnating your friends daughter, plundering of the state coffers and receiving financial aid from certain quaters in return for favours is acceptable and should be the norm in our country. How very very sad that this fraud should be allowed to continue to destroy our economy and the moral fibre of its citizens.

  • paul.cleverley.14 - 2012-12-17 18:39

    "It was announced that the votes would be counted by hand". Big hands? Don't expect more than 13 1/2 voters? Please tell me that this isn't real. Yellow fruit & republic?

  • eddison.tsheola - 2012-12-17 18:42

    The move by Kgalema Motlanthe is a very great one at least the country particularly the ANC members would now be stable and have hopes towards the future of the Party!!!!!!!

  • robert.p.gemmell - 2012-12-17 18:57


      madise.paul - 2012-12-17 19:50

      what kind of animal is the DA?

      Mvuselelo Mnguni - 2012-12-17 21:56

      Robert your comment was good until U mentioned DA,are U talking about the same DA that rule Cape Colony and maybe Orania as well,U might as well suggested AWB

      mpho.tsoenyane - 2012-12-17 22:15

      Huheee hle Rob, get this 1 right, we will have to get rid of DA 1st before we get rid of ANC. Do urself a favour n stop saying such thing cause u a hurting urself.

  • aroka.murombe - 2012-12-17 19:01

    Our only hope is if motlante wins rather than that the's no hope

      Wally Wal - 2012-12-17 21:42

      It does not matter anymore who wins The country is irreparable and its not going to get better

  • kgaditsi.tjebane - 2012-12-17 19:22

    Now safa steals the spotlight.

  • chrisharvy - 2012-12-17 20:18

    The fact that the votes will be counted by hand surely leaves the process open to corruption. Each province should only be allowed limited and equal amounts of members to vote too. I surely hope zuma doesnt win as his potential to turn SA into the next zimbabwe is very high, his building of his personal palace is a good indicator of the direction he is taking. Along with that he is, to be frank, pretty stupid too and thats not what you want in a president of a country such as hours where every decisions has the potential to effect so many lives. Rape, illegal arms deals, getting mbeki kicked out by using his cronnies inside the the hell were ppl dum enough to support this freaking fruit loop. He should be the sunday times mampara of the 21st century!

  • edwin.morena.3 - 2012-12-17 20:43

    Kgalema on top, Juju back with his BIG JAJARAAG MOUTH.

  • danie.dewaal - 2012-12-17 22:01

    No one can do worse than Zuma

  • Stefan Erasmus - 2012-12-17 22:07

    Tsotsi just as your pres.

  • Stefan Erasmus - 2012-12-17 22:11

    Mvuselelo go back to school. You are wet behind the ears boy..

  • amanda.matthews.14811 - 2012-12-17 22:31

    @sbusiso.dlamini Spot on with your observations and your input. I get it and hopefully so do many others. Keep on blogging.

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-12-17 23:51

    Brings hope to the corrupt yes. Rest of the masses will still live in poverty, be uneducated and jobless for more years to come....

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