Motlanthe mum on nomination reports

2012-12-12 19:02

Johannesburg - Kgalema Motlanthe's spokesperson Thabo Masebe declined on Wednesday to confirm the reports that the deputy president will run against President Jacob Zuma at the ANC's national conference in Mangaung.

SAfm, one of three radio stations to report the news, had "reliably learnt" that Motlanthe would accept nominations for the top position in the African National Congress.

Eyewitness News and Jacaranda News carried similar reports.

But, Masebe said the "matter is now in the hands of the ANC's electoral commission".

"I know they have been in contact with the deputy president, but the deputy president won't make any statements about that because he respects the fact the electoral commission is responsible for the process of nominations."

Masebe said the ANC's electoral commission would announce who was nominated.

The commission is scheduled to hold a news briefing in Johannesburg on Thursday.

Meanwhile, ANC treasurer Mathews Phosa confirmed to Sapa he had accepted the nomination to stand for the deputy presidency.

"I've accepted the nomination by the ANC branches for me to stand as deputy president," said Phosa.

"I am abiding by what they [the ANC branches] put forward to me."

Jacaranda FM on its Twitter page said Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula had also accepted nomination for the position of secretary general.

His spokesperson Justin de Allende said: "He is a member of the ANC. As a member of the ANC he's eligible and duty-bound to accept any form of deployment, as members of the ANC, request of us..."

  • kabelo.leballo - 2012-12-12 19:05

    Motlhanthe is worse than most chickens!!

      Mr.J.Crawford - 2012-12-12 19:49

      I completely agree. It is just a few days away and still no word on this. Why have this big secret? The presidency is meant to be a public, not some sort of secret! But then again this lack of action seems typical in the ANC.

      themba.thwala.775 - 2012-12-12 19:59

      Yeah, Santa must send him balls of steel this Xmas :)

      moriri.mosweu - 2012-12-12 20:02

      Mo-tla-nthe o loilwe.

  • golden.moloya - 2012-12-12 19:14

    motlanthe for president

  • christelle.theron.3 - 2012-12-12 19:17

    For heavens' sake. Make up your mind, or is that too much to ask!!!

  • zip.reeper - 2012-12-12 19:20

    new party tricks. if madiba plays it mum, motlanthe does it dumb. pick up fast.

  • tinyiko.ompie - 2012-12-12 19:24

    Coward this boy vote for him at ur own risk!! Hes a coward we dnt need cowards as preaidents!!

  • crracker.crackerr - 2012-12-12 19:25

    Cat and mouse game? How childish.

  • osmaseko - 2012-12-12 19:25

    What's wrong with Motlanthe? Maybe that's the reason he's not married he cant say I DO nxa

      xolani.gazu - 2012-12-12 21:31

      fyi he was married, KM is not new 2 politics either. Lets hope he wins that all. If he looses then its tough luck.

  • tinyiko.ompie - 2012-12-12 19:25

    Hes a coward dat boy what do u see in him

  • ssheshani - 2012-12-12 19:30

    In less than an hour after they published a story that says: 'Montlante to take on Zuma' they now issue another story saying Motlante mum on nomination, this ppl are seriously a laughing stock of all. They write something without confirming it 1st, their agenda is obvious

  • Bongeka - 2012-12-12 19:30

    Motlanthe is a recycled candidate from the same bunch of the top six . History has tought us that if you keep doing one and the same thing you'll get same results. So go on and elect the same nominees but don't come crying again tomorrow for the same unsatisfactory results that you're going to get.

      luviwe.jay - 2012-12-12 19:39

      That might be true, but that is how they had been operating for the past 100 years. A win for JZ is a win for opposition.

  • Kwanele Mzwanele Masoka - 2012-12-12 19:32

    This man is such a coward, Mr Deputy its either you are in or out chief; stop wasting their time and energy.

  • luviwe.jay - 2012-12-12 19:35

    I wish he can accep it and lose which will mark another body blow to the ANC. Let us acknowledge that people don' like JZ let alone the fact that they can do nothing at the moment. The polls will show come 2014. In politics you need to be patient sometimes.

      ntebu.mthi - 2012-12-12 20:12

      By the look of things the elective conference delegates seem to have a different view of JZ. In ANC speak, the alpha and omega is the party

      esrom.sandy - 2012-12-12 21:22

      @luviwe u r a idiot

  • Erna - 2012-12-12 19:42

    What's he going to do at the conference - shout 'surprise'!

  • phuti.hlabane - 2012-12-12 19:54

    Who can save us from Zuma?

      mbuzi.khumbula - 2012-12-12 19:58

      no one

      ntebu.mthi - 2012-12-12 20:17

      Those who are surrounding him right now. Not long, they too! will be like Malema and gang and be disgruntled. Nothing that is greed, money, power as a basis will ever prosper. It may well take a longer time that anticipated but it will happen. That's just how the world cleanses itself out to maintain its balance.

  • pucksonsibusiso.gumede - 2012-12-12 19:56

    Not surprised by this retraction it was all a fabrication by these right wing newspapers , why not wait for the due processes of the ANC, KM is no fool and is not going to be rushed into making a rash decision

  • craig.thom.376 - 2012-12-12 20:06

    Decline to confirm means-yes

  • masta.pilusa - 2012-12-12 20:08

    At last kgalema said something,i wish him the best in mangaung...

  • khangwe.netili - 2012-12-12 20:13

    He doesn't have a choice. ..its either Ramaphosa or a woman president in 2019

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-12-12 20:34

    motlante u can b a good leader if u dont sing zuma'spraise'like as if he is ur mentor .for that reason u r out of the political spotlight for not having a strong back bone. tome ur out of this game::"ONE"::

  • madise.paul - 2012-12-12 20:34

    Motlhanthe is the man!!

  • sam.moloko.9 - 2012-12-13 05:17

    Mr Deputy, ur silence-strategic or diplomatic- is too deafening. R u the man?

  • thembani.mabeka - 2012-12-13 05:53

    I don't know why motlanthe does he not come out n compaign coz we do nid him as our president but he kips on being quite phantsi ngozuma phantsi

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