Voting closes for ANC top 6

2012-12-18 08:16

Bloemfontein - Voting has closed for five of the top six positions in the ANC.

ANC delegates attending the party’s 53rd national conference in Mangaung began voting around 02:00 early on Tuesday morning.

Voting was conducted province by province, beginning with KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, and ending with Limpopo.
There was only one candidate for the position of deputy secretary general, leaving the positions of president, deputy president, secretary general, national chairman and national treasurer to be decided by the ballot.

Results are expected on Tuesday afternoon when the delegates reconvene in a plenary session after breaking into commissions on Monday night. Counting will take several hours as the votes will be counted manually.
Delegates anxious to vote congregated at the election venue on Monday, waiting for hours for voting to begin after protracted delays.

The electoral commission printed different-coloured ballot papers for the disputed North West and Free State provinces, in anticipation of possible court action which could affect the results.
Supporters of party president Jacob Zuma, who is set to secure a second term as ANC leader, sang throughout the night outside the voting venue as they waited to vote.

Those advocating for leadership change at Mangaung and the removal of Zuma have been deflated by the visible and overwhelming support for the president since the start of the conference, but particularly during the dramatic nominations process on Monday.
Deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe looks set to lose his position on the ANC top six after declining nomination for the position.

  • herman.letlalo - 2012-12-18 08:24

    I can live with zuma for the next term if he promises me Ramaphosa and remove malema for some time than have a malema sympathiser. Malema, given half a chance could prove to be a symbol of pure dictatorship for the future.

  • angela.nair.3 - 2012-12-18 08:27

    Ah the "Zoomites" have won the top seats! A closing of the ranks? Well heres to another 4 years of marriages, building more fortresses, choosing the wrong Ministers and Judges etc etc. Who can forget the comedy of errors each time President made decisions! His spin doctors are in need of spin doctors (or magicians) ha ha - so they can carry on window dressing the shambles that happens in Zuma's Cabinet - oh there will be lots of sleeping - this lot are exhausted - too much food and booze and no sleep!

  • thethird.wors - 2012-12-18 08:33

    hooligans. the lot. top to bottom.

      bosepa.bjampja - 2012-12-18 08:42

      who are you calling hooligans???,clearly you don't have respect.

      thethird.wors - 2012-12-18 09:01

      respect is earned son. not handed out like tenders.

  • sthembiso.magwaza.37 - 2012-12-18 08:34

    I think its time for people to accept that when win in manguang he will lead the country after 2014 elections because ANC will win.congratulation to my favourite Jesse Duarte to elected as deputy general secretary,ANC is rainbow nation unlike the madam Zille party and Buthelezis party

      Eterni80 - 2012-12-18 09:29

      wake up dude, this is not about the people, it's about the money and the power..

      freddie.l.roux - 2012-12-18 09:50

      Sorry but the ANC is the most unreformed party. Have u looked at how all the positions of power are occupupied by the majority of black males...where are the woman besides that witch Sisulu...only Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and she is with the AU now anyway...not a very representative party to me...take a closer look next time you splurge rubbish...The last decent coloured has also left as he's seen the light..

      comurray - 2012-12-18 09:52

      "Rainbow nation" my backside since when has a rainbow been black, light black, coloured and white?? Catch a wake up. The only party capable of running South Africa properly without corruption is the DA as they have more brains and expertise than the ANC will ever have.

  • lskosana3 - 2012-12-18 08:35

    It's gonna be a sad, sad day when they announce that Zuma has won

      sakhile.simelane.98 - 2012-12-18 08:49

      Better start to be sad now 'cos he's winning this one for sure. Y wait for announcement.

      dewald.smit - 2012-12-18 09:50

      It was a sad day when they started, because he was always going to win.

  • Neo - 2012-12-18 08:38

    We wait with anticipation for the results, we hope they'll be change after this confrence. Masses are tired, we want our lives to improve. We are tired of Politicians who use ANC to enrich themselves!!!

  • Swapie - 2012-12-18 08:39

    A dark day for the people of South Africa.

  • Mary Milne Archibald - 2012-12-18 08:46

    Everything about the election process is questionable. Lateness of nominations, printing of ballot papers, lateness of the actual voting process and manual counting.

  • johannes.modise2 - 2012-12-18 08:47


  • gift.moyo.52 - 2012-12-18 08:47

    KM or JZ? KM is, is mostly likely to be a lame duck pres, harm-strung by Fikile's ambition and attempts to resurrect Malema. Malema will also be knocking hard on that door, gathering crowds and spewing populist policies which he wants KM to implement moreso with elections coming up in 2014, its the season to promise free things. However the worst of the lot would be Tokyo, the man is determined to be pres and is definitely running out of time. Can he wait 10 years? I think he will start undermining KM right from Mangaung should he become deputy pres. Hopefully a JZ who knows he cannot go for another term will be more decisive and with Cyril as deputy, maybe, just maybe... The 700 corruption charges are still an Achilles heel though. In short, SA is between a rock and a hard place!

  • johannes.modise2 - 2012-12-18 08:47


  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-12-18 08:48

    Oh well here's to another four years of SA going down hill. Bye bye education, more corruption, to all you ANC voters your waitng for RDP houses has been extented for another four years enjoy the wait, more wastage of taxpayers money on zuma's mansion. It is time for all the small parties in SA to catch a dam wake up and join forces to form a party to go up against the ANC, even if you gotta make a new name. You politicians need to stop worrying about yourselves and power and worry more what the ppl want in SA and we dont want the ANC in power anymore!!!

  • johannes.modise2 - 2012-12-18 08:49

    Zuma please resign

  • patrick.m.vianello - 2012-12-18 08:50

    0.009% of the population determines the country's president. Wow - beautiful democracy lol

      mac.machaba - 2012-12-18 11:54

      Lol clowns.

  • maqhinga.mchunu - 2012-12-18 08:55

    They say all is well that ends well!

  • sifiso.zimase - 2012-12-18 09:04

    I hope voters did think for poor and unprevilage peaple before they vote, not to enrich themselves by voting racisticaly but right candidate,for our current president,seem to have good leadership but sleeping around making babies all over its discusting and there's no such rolemodel like that.

      comurray - 2012-12-18 10:02

      The only reason why he is there is because he does as he is told. So he will remain there to keep doing as he is told/ordered to do.

  • Dumisani Mkhabela - 2012-12-18 09:10

    Motlante be an independant candidate and we will vote for you. let the empty tins show their emptiness by making useless disturbing noises but dont loose your focus this is only temporary just until you take over.

      Pearlzin - 2012-12-18 09:23

      Ha ha ha ha ha did'nt lekota try dat???viva congolose viva

  • lyndac.edwards - 2012-12-18 09:17

    I am very dissapointed with the delegates! To still support Zuma after all that has been made public about him. The rot has not only set in, it has become the de facto.

  • Eterni80 - 2012-12-18 09:27

    and the teddy bears have their picnic..

  • mmoledis - 2012-12-18 09:34

    Well done when voting is conclude, let the winners be announced and they go to work and run business as usual, we need services now and not clowns,otherwise 2014 will be different.

  • morrisn2 - 2012-12-18 09:35

    This has been a roller-coaster for JZ`s camp while KM`s awaits outcome with bated breath! It`s a fore gone conclusion, isn`t it? Despite Phosa saying only a fool predicts outcome of the election!

  • mzondistanley - 2012-12-18 10:13

    Democracy at work!!

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-12-18 11:27

    Who is the quota young, white lady that sits on the main stage with the big okes?

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