Higher Motlanthe support 'unconfirmed'

2012-11-19 14:10

Johannesburg - The ANC in Gauteng could not confirm reports on Monday that four out of five provincial regions decided to back Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to take over as party president at its elective conference in Mangaung.

"Our position as province is that we don't know who the branches have nominated," African National Congress provincial spokesperson Dumisa Ntuli said.

"We cannot confirm that the branches have decided to back a certain candidate."

The Star reported on Monday that according to "ANC insiders", Motlanthe received support from the Tshwane, Johannesburg, Sedibeng and West Rand regions. Only the Ekurhuleni region voted for Zuma.

Other alleged backers

It also reported that the branches of Zuma adviser Lindiwe Zulu, Zuma’s alleged funders the Gupta brothers, former spy boss Mo Shaik, Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom, national executive committee member Billy Masetlha, and ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe had decided to back Motlanthe.

The branches of SA Communist Party leader Blade Nzimande and Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane were found not to be in good standing to be represented in Mangaung in December.

Both, however, will attend the conference as NEC members.

ANC branch members in Ekurhuleni accused their regional secretary of setting up a team to disrupt every meeting where Motlanthe was supposed to have been nominated in the region.

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-11-19 14:31

    Replace a crime boss with an assistant crime boss!! If you don't stand up and say anything then you are also guilty of the crimes that Zuma has committed! Motlanthe also supports Malema which is the biggest crime of them all!!

      peter.ndamase - 2012-11-19 14:36

      You do not understand politics, it has never been a democratic process. Motlhanthe belongs to a collective that will always over rule his views. Motlhanthe supported a vote of no confidence but he was defeated in his quest, he does take a stand.

      peter.ndamase - 2012-11-19 14:43

      When Motlanthe's wife was accused of corruption, He actually raised his hand and said "investigate us". This is a Leader I want to see after mangaung

      fanie.viljoen.73 - 2012-11-19 14:44

      Motlante might just be the man to get this country back on its feet. There is no fingers pointing at him showing or suggesting corruption at all. Time will tell, but he might be the man.

      tim.gordon.5011516 - 2012-11-19 15:08

      Peter, Motlanthe is not without skeletons, as we will see shortly if he accepts the nomination. There are no clean hands in the ANC.

      Faahim - 2012-11-19 15:11

      This guy has a clean record and doesn't practice polygamy, Thus his got my vote!

      mondli.dlomo.73 - 2012-11-19 15:16

      so who do u suggest we must elect, the madam?

      sean.carbutt - 2012-11-19 15:26

      You guys are all missing one fundamental isue with this guy. Yes he says the right things, yes he seems to have a broader appeal, BUT, he is an out and out COMMUNIST. Trust me, as much as I hate to say this, better the devil you know. Zoomer is chop, but compared to what will happen if the Dep sheriff gets into power, well, eeeeish.

      saintmthokozisi.ntenga - 2012-11-20 09:58

      @Peter Ndamase, he did say his girlfriend must be investigated, yes. she got investigated, yes. the investigation report was issued, yes. the question then is, why isn't he releasing that report? why is he keeping the report and its findings a secret?

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-11-19 14:33

    Thank You Gauteng. The forces of change must now eat a chunk of his votes in his home town (KZN) then Zuma will be finished!!!

      william.ntsoane - 2012-11-19 14:41

      Would you please repeat that statement. It sounds worth listerning to.

  • Montagnes.Bleues - 2012-11-19 14:37

    It's fact! Noone - even staunch supporters - want to see a Pres dragged off his perch and thrummed through the criminal courts as is imminent. Motlanthe will probably step aside quickly & quietly and let Tito Moboweni take over as the leader of the troop with another astute numbers man Ramaphosa come in as DP so he can still get time to flourish signatures over massive gift BBBEE (Black Broad Back Entitled Embezzlement) pieces of paper. It's TIME SA has a set of fresh new faces in the seats driving some upward direction, in preparation for the "Blue Wave" that is cresting nearby. The youth killed that dead snake from the xhosa-nostra and so it is written, the youth will kill the tribal snake in skins too. AMANDLA The Marikana lucky rabbits paw has spoken!

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-11-19 14:40

    Gumpta's dropping a hot potato ..... their own self styled King Of the Zulu's..... just in case the Mauguang blindside wipes their player off the board.... Hot footing...... but we will see what will come of this two trimming/ Wannabe ANC presidents.

  • litha.luzipo - 2012-11-19 14:52

    Not sure about the truth in the story but if it is true i will go to bed happy tonight. I'm tired of the nightmares im having( that of JZ being a president for the next 4 years).

      mondli.dlomo.73 - 2012-11-19 15:18


  • canna.discussions - 2012-11-19 14:52

    Let's hope motlante supports cannabis legalisation

      Benzo Makoe - 2012-11-19 15:28

      it's about time

  • lyndol.lyons - 2012-11-19 15:05

    Any body but Zuma please , heck, you could put Mickey Mouse there and I'd vote for him.

  • Jeremy - 2012-11-19 15:11

    Well Mangaung is shaping up to be one big slanging match, that's for sure! Passions and tensions seem to be running so high right now, I can't help wondering whether there'll be actual physical violence between the two sides!! Good for the country if Motlanthe gets elected. Better for the DA if Zuma gets re-elected......

      xolanit.ntuli.9 - 2012-11-19 16:00

      I agree and would also like JuJu ( Malema) coming back to the fore.

  • nhlapop - 2012-11-19 15:15

    Kgalema Motlanthe wrote to the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela requesting her to investigate allegations made against him and his partner, Gugu Mtshali. This is the only man that i want to see as a President after Mangaung. Why Zuma can’t do the same about the allegations that are flying around regarding Inkandla, He even told the Parliament that he did not ask government to build his house, and I’m worried if sooner or later we can find out that he’s lying about this what is going to happen to him. Imagine President of the country lie in front of MPs and National Television including Radio stations.. Who’s going to trust him and our country? Kgalema Motlanthe is the only hope for us.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-11-19 15:29

    Looks like a case of 'move over you have sequestered quite sufficient, give someone else a chance to amass a fortune by screwing the taxpayer'. The only hope is that more and more people will not vote for the anc in 2014 because they are fed up of being screwed!

  • mondli.dlomo.73 - 2012-11-19 15:37

    south african media is so bias, why are we not informed about what is happening in other provinces, mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. this happened even during Mbeki's time, i remember the whole KZN was in support of Zuma except for the two guys from Stanger who supported Mbeki, just the two of them. can u believe that they were paraded in a certain TV morning show just to express their support for the then president in order to make the nation believe that there were in fact people from the province who suppoted him. now we are being informed about the proceedings from only one province just because it supports the media's favourite candidate. if i remember correctly prior to being elected the ANC president in 2007, we were made to believe that there was a prima facie evidence of corruption against JZ, which was meant to discredit him but he triumphed. now there is this Nkandlagate story, i know that he will conquer again. JZ for President, like it or not he will serve another term after which Ramaphosa or Malusi Gigaba will take over.

      NKAISANA - 2012-11-19 16:37

      Zuma a liar for corruptions and selfenricher,those who support Zuma are from KZN,they want ANC to be controlled from KZN,look at KZN lineup from KZN Zuma,Zweli Mkhise,Baleka Mbethe all three are from Kzn we must not allow ANC to be tribalist.

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-11-19 15:40

    I hope common sense will prevail comes Mangaung Zuma is a joke that is no longer funny (well not when Trevor Noah is telling it) Motlanthe is a nosense guy and all those in Ekurhuleni that voted for JZ are corrupt and they know that should Motlanthe takes over they will have no place in our society - i abstained from voting in my branch after a word was spread that Ekurhuleni prefered candidate was JZ and i wil not vote for the ANC should JZ be re-instated *my story and Blade can come after me, i am not a tenderpreneur*

      mondli.dlomo.73 - 2012-11-19 16:19

      loyal members of the ANC will remain loyal to the organisation in spite of whatever trials it is going through. u cannot run away from your house just because there are problems, that would amount to cowardness and if u keep running away from them u will always meet other problem on ur way.

      juannepierre - 2012-11-19 16:43

      @mondli don't you think your house should be south africa, a party is just the service staff? And at this point, with the staffs whole fist in the money pot, something has to change, I hope it's the entire company and not just 'under new management'. But on the flip side, if Zuma serves another four years then the ANC will dissipate into nothingness, so there is a pro. Let's hope south Africa has the tenacity to fix it up again.

  • tony.angel.3975 - 2012-11-19 15:42

    I still cannot believe all this crap happening, and that from a President?

  • mondli.dlomo.73 - 2012-11-19 16:24

    why publish something that has not been confirmed? news24 whats wrong?

  • mmoledis - 2012-11-19 16:26

    We as citizens of this country we want nothing else but a reasonable and corrupt free leaders to take this country forward.So let Managung come and go and then whoever wins must make sure South Africa is a corrupt free country and all officials in government doing corruption be expelled from the party and government and at the end face the mighty of law and if monies are involved then be repaid back to the government and if found be guilty be senteced.

  • NKAISANA - 2012-11-19 16:32

    Zuma is a liar,Sdumo Dhlamini the tribalist said that Kgalema must not contest why? where is democracy here Sdumo and his Cosatu must considerate on workers issue,people are earning peanuts but he keep on saying Zuma is the Man NOOOOOO sDUMO Zuma is a liar.

  • thembinkosi.jozie - 2012-11-19 16:55

    Motlanthe has no other choice but to stand against Zuma because the PRO-CORRUPTION group has nominated Ramaposa for deputy President leaving him out in the cold

  • raymond.sebeela - 2012-11-19 17:13

    Where are we going with President Zuma? If he is voted President, it will be bad for him. I'm my view ANC will lose their third majority status because voters will simply not vote, that will open doors for opposition parties to table the vote of no confidence without court cases. People come on, vote for Zuma is a win for the DA

  • altus.kirsten - 2012-11-19 20:20

    Anyone but Zuma!

  • king.rasta.583 - 2012-11-19 21:16


  • duncan.phopi - 2012-11-19 22:24

    motlanthe, u do have a dignity like mandela, mbeki so this characterists and others would restore unity in the country. unlike someone who is out there to enrich his family and supported by tribe,zuma u lost it perhaps because of u`re illeteracy.

  • michael.mayisana - 2012-11-19 23:39

    Its a no Brainer, Zuma is a win for the DA. If Zuma is voted out, the DA will have to start from scratch. I am for continuity but there is just too much to defend. Continuity on its own has to be built on solid grounds otherwise we may just be continuing to slide. South Africa cannot loose 10 yrs trying to defend an individual. The biggest asset of any CEO is credibility. The ANC is not Zuma or Motlanthe but the people. Its time we decide what's best for SA. Viva SA Viva!!!

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