Unclear if Motlanthe accepted nomination

2012-12-10 11:37

Johannesburg - With only a few days to go before the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung it is still not clear if Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe has accepted a nomination to lead the party.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said this would be made public at the conference, which starts on Sunday.

"It is conference which needs that confirmation," he said.

"All those who qualify, they are then approached by the electoral commission and asked if they accept or decline. This happens between now and the conference."

Mthembu said not even the ANC knew who had accepted nominations yet.

Nomination conferences by the ANC's nine provincial branches and three leagues ended on Thursday, nearly a week after the deadline.

KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Northern Cape, Eastern Cape, North West and Mpumalanga nominated President Jacob Zuma to stand for a second term as party president.

The ANC Women's and Veterans' leagues also nominated Zuma.

Gauteng, Limpopo, the Western Cape, and the ANC Youth League nominated Motlanthe.

  • kevin.kramer111 - 2012-12-10 11:40

    Is it unclear to Motlanthe..? Or the rest of the ANC...? Or perhaps both..?

      sani.ghana.3 - 2012-12-10 11:51

      Now we have 2 choices, we choose a criminal man or we choose the man who can not stand against the criminals

      gideon.walt - 2012-12-10 12:35

      They can't even run their own party. A wedding planner will be more successful at running this country.

      kalabafazi - 2012-12-10 12:44

      The day something becomes clear in government is the day the DA have taken over.

      Eterni80 - 2012-12-10 12:48

      the greatest threat the cANCer has ever faced - is themselves. - 2012-12-10 13:21

      Man this bastard is just another one of Zippers pawns. He is too stupid to lead this country in any case . We are doomed the sooner we accept it the better for all of us. The only way to save what's left of this country is through civil war, but who wants to fight? no-one!! So we just sit back and watch the country going down the drain. lol the lucky ones have managed to immigrate.

      thutothegreat - 2012-12-10 15:00

      At first i was upset and did not understand Mohlanthe's comments. But now the political game he is playing is becoming clear, and now he stands a good chance at winning. He chooses not to take part in the media circus, that's Zuma's domain, everyone is hungry to hear what he really has to say, yet he is not controlled foolish outcries..

  • sminx.r.mandla - 2012-12-10 11:43

    Motlanthe must either accept this nomination or sit the f...k down, sick and tired of this man playing hide and seek!!!

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-12-10 12:03

      If you understood how the nomination process worked you wouldn't make such comment. READ the above article to understand when ALL the nominees will advice if they accept the nomination or not. Also when it will be announced on who accepted.

      justin.mettew - 2012-12-10 14:22

      This man is a coward, and unprepared to assume any role in the ANC, never mind in this country.

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-12-10 11:46

    Smoke and mirrors.

      Eterni80 - 2012-12-10 12:30

      and TONNES of BS for the gardens at Palace Nkandla..

      koos.vanzyl.98 - 2012-12-10 13:34

      And the next president will also make improvements to his clan's village - budgeted for by our Minister of Finance - R200m+. Same guy who justifies the tollgate collection fee. I am sure he would not have approved it if he was not Min of finance and responsible for state pension fund as well! Conference to decide? Not in their culture!

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-12-10 11:48

    Motlanthe is destined to spend the rest of his political career on the fence. He clearly has no backbone and is afraid to upset his boss.

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-12-10 12:10

      So what was your suggestion? That He be THE ONLY nominee to shout out loud to the world that He accepts the nomination because the media pressured him to announce? I bet He will not succumb to your pressure. He is a disciplined man.

      justin.mettew - 2012-12-10 14:24

      @Thabang, this has nothing to do with discipline, its either a yes or no. He is just being a coward about it.

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-12-10 14:51

      @justin.mettew, please advice the process according to Justin, 1) When was Motlanthe supposed to give that yes or no answer? 2) When should all the other nominees give their yes or no answers? 3) Why should Motlanthe's answer come earlier in comparison to other nominees? Please advice so that I can understand Justin's processes.

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-12-10 11:49

    Please don't. We can do without such an undecisive person whom also have got high regards for a person such as Malema. Besides, Zuma is on a roll destroying the ANC and give him two more years and they will be in tatters!

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-12-10 12:11

      High regards for Malema? Lol! Prove that.

      arthur.tarr.3 - 2012-12-10 12:52

      I must agree... A new Anc pres. will bring new hope for the poor and uneducated thus more Anc votes come 2014.Keep Zuma in power and the Anc will devide thus less votes 2014. Or maby another split.And like you said, with Zuma in power for now means Jail for Malema.

  • werner.nel.712 - 2012-12-10 11:50

    Cloak and daggers when it comes to internal processes and like the mafia when it comes to tenders....

  • davy.botha - 2012-12-10 11:57

    I find Motlanthe so nobel trying to stick to the traditional ways of the ANC but unfortunately he is swimming in a sea of decay and the sharks that are circling him are vicious and unforgiving. Motlanthe needs to get real he is not in a sand pit anymore these bullies play rough. Zuma do not take prisoners!

  • Spha - 2012-12-10 11:59

    this guy has done evryting ryt,anybdy who has accepted nomination?i guess they ol hv no bck bone bt come next week he wil be in charge of the ANC n life can only get better from then.

  • Tiyani - 2012-12-10 12:03

    Did u read the article?

      msika.gama.5 - 2012-12-10 15:35


  • werner.vandeventer - 2012-12-10 12:07

    Jeepers spha, dude your spelling is freaking horrible!!

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-12-10 12:40

      Leave Spha spelling alone. He has the same rights as you to say what is on his mind in any way he can. At lease him comment is worth it as it is cleare most people commenting did not read the articel or does not understand that they were reading. Grow up! Respect other people!

      louis.hager.12 - 2012-12-10 13:22

      I'm wih Werner on this one. Wats that second line in Spha's comment?

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-12-10 13:30

      Careful Nettie. "At LEAST HIS comment is worth it as it is CLEAR most people commenting did not read the ARTICLE or does not understand WHAT they were reading........"

  • Spha - 2012-12-10 12:12

    yes? my question wld thn b who has accepted the nomination? did u read the article

  • brian.cotter.585 - 2012-12-10 12:14

    You missed your guidance meeting with Mandela. Please grow balls and contest on the flag of NO MORE CORRUPTION

  • brionyl.french - 2012-12-10 12:16


  • mart.botha - 2012-12-10 12:25

    It doesn't matter who they make the 'figurehead'....the yellow strings are permanently attached to this disfunctional morass, and it is those on the other end who dictate the 'party line'.

  • maroba - 2012-12-10 12:25

    there is an outcry about the inadequate leadership in the anc specially leaders with integrity, I will not be surprised if the pressure overwhelm Motlanthe but whatever he decide will have a serious impact on his life, good leaders are rare in the anc and that is sad for those who seek change in the anc.

  • Makhavele - 2012-12-10 12:26

    Montlante is a coward, lack of confidence, he doesn't believe in himslf. Hw are we gonna vote for him?

      asdhasgd - 2012-12-10 12:41


      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-12-10 12:43

      Please tell me one nominee that accepted His/Her nomination. Just one.

      nunu.zuma - 2012-12-10 20:45

      Comrade mohlante what are doing it totaly wrong what are you thinking about all this comrades we moving up and down and shouting long leave president mohlante I don't dought you were happy about it becos if you were not happy you should stop them from the begining even this chillis is hot you have to eat it becos you bought it

  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-10 12:28

    he doesn't have the guts/spine to oppose his royal lowness the king of fools.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-12-10 12:30

    He doesn't yet know which way the wind will be blowing.

  • corneliusz1 - 2012-12-10 12:34

    Motlante know what is right for the ANC. We donot need to change presidents every five years.

  • norman.buchalter - 2012-12-10 12:36

    i'd be very surprised if Motlanthe accepted the nomination. He 's playing his cards very close to his chest and has never inspired much confidence as a leader in any event. After his glowing praise of JZ as the December tribute to past A n C leaders, I cannot see him challenging JZ or at best,may end up being his lackey, unless he is the one behind the new Miner's Party in the pipeline perhaps so isn't committing himself to the A n c ? Somehow I doubt he has the guts to do this either. He is not a fighter, despite a few positive comments it and around the time of his book launch.

  • afrikeni - 2012-12-10 12:39

    At the end of the conference, Motlanthe should not be in the top six and should be made an ambassador to some indistinguishable country in the far east. He has no back bone & should be a classic example to the other members that all that is needed is for good men to nothing for the evils to triumph - he disappointed me but not declaring his intention. For ANC's procedures, for intance if Motlanthe and Zuma declines the nominations, will the delegates phone their constituents for giudance on who to support in that case - talk about a sham & sheltered leadership by design by the internal mafia.

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-12-10 12:44

      Please tell me one nominee that accepted His/Her nomination. Just one.

      mtizozo.nsele - 2012-12-10 13:40

      hlisa umoya comrades,, they all know what is happening,,

  • aroka.murombe - 2012-12-10 12:54

    He's scared of zuma he won't accept he's a coward

  • daniel.rossouw1 - 2012-12-10 12:58

    He's scared. If he goes against Zuma and loses he'll be almost dropped out of politics . He just want to stay in his comfort zone. No balls. Shows type of leaders in ANC.

  • qhama.bona - 2012-12-10 13:17

    Even though Kgalema Motlanthe does not have a realistic chance to win the presidency of the ANC (according to the nomination results), I still think he should accept nomination. It is quite clear that many members of the ANC have grown tired of Zuma's profligate leadership style. Those sensible members of the ANC can see the damage Zuma has caused in the 5 years he's been president of the ANC. In his tenure the party has reached some demoralizing lows. Top of the list is how factionalism has been entrenched in the party. The rot is so deep that you'd swear the ANC is made up of two parties who so opposed to each other. If Motlanthe stands he will show that not everyone in the ANC is unanimously behind Zuma. Even though Zuma will still emerge victorious, I think Kgalema might give him good run for his money. Even though Zuma has received the overwhelming majority of votes for president those results are still not a true reflection of how delegates will vote at Manguang because in provinces such as North West, Free State, KZN, Mpumalanga and EC there has been incidents of forcing people to vote for Zuma. Now if you take this vote to a secret ballot, Zuma will get the shock of his life because secret ballots are never clear cut. Even though Kgalema might be thumped at the polls by Zuma, he has nothing to lose. He's said on numerous occasions that leadership position are not important to him. So KM do it for SA and compete against Zuma to show him how people are fed up with him.

      koos.vanzyl.98 - 2012-12-10 13:39

      The "sensible" ANC members who acknowledge the damage and mismanagement should form a new party or vote for one of the others available. No use saying I am tired of leadership - change it!!

      mtizozo.nsele - 2012-12-10 13:44

      Please remember that peple go to Mangaung knowing who to vote for. No time to be lobied or bribed in that weekend. at the moment wo candidates. Its 80/20 chances for these two candidate.

      conrad.hoffman.5 - 2012-12-11 09:24

      Thanks for that Q.That is exactly the way i feel. Even if Kgalema loses still he will have shown that he is made of sterner stuff.Yes he has said many times leadership positions in the ANC is not important for him. I choose a man of principles and someone that stands by his decisions.People should stop venting their anger of JZ and his cronies aginst Mothlante.When all is said and done , is that not what we want, a man of principle .

  • mtizozo.nsele - 2012-12-10 13:37

    Why the focus is only on Montlante as even Zuma I don't think he has acceptated the nomination,, just unneccessary pressure and lack of polical undestanding. This set up will came back from Mangawung as is.

  • setfree.danda.3 - 2012-12-10 13:42

    Motlante can not lead this country because in another way he support zuma so no contest

  • khumo.lebone - 2012-12-10 13:57

    I guess what Motlanthe needs from Father Xmas is a big bronze pair as he's in serious need of it. We've had enough of his tomfoolery.

  • powermoganeng.malatji - 2012-12-10 14:05

    Zuma will win in Mangaung, Motlanthe must wait for his term and we will support him, he must not make him self available.

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-12-10 14:15

    No no no can't challenge the President now I really can't! Coward!

  • joe.soap.39545464 - 2012-12-10 14:41

    WOW - amasing .... at least the only qualification you need to be the President of SA, is matric !!! SHOCKING !!!! Yes, this IS HIS QUALIFICATION !!! I wonder what could have happened to me after 16 years of study AFTER matric ???

  • matsutle.aphane - 2012-12-10 16:12

    KGALEMA is letting his people down, he must stand up an face jz for the sake of ANC an the goverment,never fail to try but try an fail,this is democracy we must challenge each other so that NO one will be seen as himself or herself as untouchebles gone are those days,

  • Mbuso Siera - 2012-12-10 16:41

    even former president Thabo Mbeki's publicly declared that she supports for Mothlante she does not know were he is standing...she has no confidence on him running this country......The ANC should not end Motlanthe political career.....he might be the right tool to fix up the ANC...or be Zuma's political advisor

  • conrad.hoffman.5 - 2012-12-11 09:17

    Strange, a leader is willing to abide by the rules and principles of the organisation and he is shot down as , spineless, and a coward.Is this not the kind of person that is worthy of leadership.Mothlante is right. If the ANC keeps on the way it has by being a slate democracy by just choosing leaders unopposed then what is the purpose of elections.This is the way dictatorships and despotism take hold in a country,when people are prevented from casting a vote.Discipline and true character says to me that what Mothannte is doing is the right thing. Wait for the process to be finished and then accept or decline. But whatever he does, to me his integtrity shows that he is a true statesmen.And whenever this goons that are currently in government, when their time is over and people see the the true state of our country, it will be men like Kgalema that will be called upon to lead."For a time it seems these despots and dictators rule will never end, but in the end they always fall, think of it always"Ghandi.

  • magogodale.mulalo1 - 2012-12-11 13:20

    Motlante he dnt hve 2 accepte couz he won't win

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