ANC’s final nomination list shows Ramaphosa far ahead of Mkhize, as Sisulu and Dlamini-Zuma fall short

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ANC electoral committee head Kgalema Motlanthe announces the candidates for the party’s top six. Photo: Sumaya Hisham/Reuters
ANC electoral committee head Kgalema Motlanthe announces the candidates for the party’s top six. Photo: Sumaya Hisham/Reuters


The spirited campaign by Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and the late entry of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma into the ANC presidential race have not changed the fact the party is unlikely to elect a woman president at its Nasrec conference next month.

This is per the branch nominations, which show President Cyril Ramaphosa as being the frontrunner, followed by former health minister Zweli Mkhize. Sisulu and Dlamini-Zuma are unlikely to make it on to the ballot, unless they muster 25% of the conference to back them.

The nomination figures released by ANC electoral committee chairperson Kgalema Motlanthe on Tuesday show that Mkhize is a distant second to Ramaphosa.

The president was nominated by 2 037 branches while Mkhize was nominated by 916.

Mkhize was saved some blushes by KwaZulu-Natal, where he was nominated by 643 branches. He got a total of 273 nominations from the other eight provinces.  

Cyril Ramaphosa embraces Paul Mashatile on stage
ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa with treasurer-general Paul Mashatile. Photo: Supplied

Meanwhile, Deputy President David Mabuza received only 196 nominations.

READ: Cyril leads ANC race by a mile

Dlamini-Zuma, who came close to defeating Ramaphosa in 2017, seems to have lost great support this time around, managing only 81 nominations.

Despite trying very hard to lobby for support, Sisulu received a scant 66 nominations.

The figures indicate that acting secretary-general Paul Mashatile was nominated by 1 791 branches for the deputy president position. He is a preferred candidate in seven provinces.

Only in Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape did Mashatile come second to Justice and Correctional Services Minister Ronald Lamola and premier Oscar Mabuyane, respectively.In Mpumalanga, Mashatile was nominated by 37 branches while Lamola was backed by 200.

READ: Eastern Cape ANC to lose out at Nasrec

After pronouncing their provincial chairperson, Mabuyane, as their preferred candidate for the deputy president position, it was not surprising when the Eastern Cape figures indicated that he got 390 branch nominations while Mashatile got 110.

Stan Mathabatha is leading the race for national chairperson with 1 492 nominations, with the incumbent Gwede Mantashe trailing at 979 and David Masondo coming in third with 501 nominations.

Former KwaZulu-Natal provincial secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli is the favourite for secretary-general (1 225), ahead of Phumulo Masualle (889), who made it through despite not getting enough support from his home province.

The deputy secretary-general position shows Nomvula Mokonyane (1 779) leading Febe Potgieter by a substantial margin (905 nominations).

READ: ANC starts the process of vetting top candidates

The most surprising announcement was that of the front-runners for the position of treasurer-general, with Ramaphosa’s adviser Bejani Chauke (552) leading Pule Mabe (428) by more than 120 branch nominations. 

Motlanthe said the nominees for the national executive committee (NEC) would be announced as soon as the votes have been consolidated and audited, and all nominees vetted and their availability for election confirmed.

Our records indicate that a total of 3 543 out of a total 3 982 branches in good standing have held successful branch general meetings, which produced the approved outcomes of the nominations for both branch delegates and NEC candidates.

“This effectively means that 89% of the ANC branches have successfully participated in the nomination process, thus comfortably surpassing the 70% threshold required for the national conference to take place as per the ANC constitution,” he said.

ANC electoral committee secretary chief Livhuwani Matsila said they were ready to deal with complaints and appeals. Once that process has been completed, they will begin the vetting process.  

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