Western Cape ANC branches choose Ramaphosa for president

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

Cape Town - Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has received another boost to his campaign to succeed President Jacob Zuma as ANC president, winning the most branch nominations in the Western Cape.

Ramaphosa garnered 121 of a total 145 branch nominations, while presidential rival Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma could only muster 13.

The other presidential candidate results were for Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu (8) and former treasurer general Mathews Phosa (3).

Surprisingly, 28 of Ramaphosa's total nominations came from the Cape Town metro, largely considered a support base for President Jacob Zuma, compared to Dlamini-Zuma's 8 from the same region.

The results were read out at the Fountains Hotel in Cape Town on Sunday after a seven-hour provincial general council meeting.

In what can be considered another key victory, Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu received the most votes for the position of deputy president, with 98 branch nominations.

Incumbent secretary general Gwede Mantashe was chosen as the preferred candidate for the position of national chairperson comfortably, with 128 branch nominations.

Candidates in other other key positions include:

- Secretary General: Senzo Mchunu - 113
- Deputy Secretary General: Zingiswa Losi - 60
- Treasurer General: Paul Mashatile - 127

The province, like others, will send its delegates to the party's national conference in Johannesburg next month, where they are expected to cast their votes in accordance with their respective branch's wishes.

The Ramaphosa result was largely expected, while Sisulu's placing in the deputy position will be key for any succession ambitions she may have.

The Western Cape is the ANC's smallest province by branch delegates this year, a title previously held by the Northern Cape, and only represents 3.8% of the party's total membership.

It is now the second province to complete its PGC, and the second to support Ramaphosa after the Northern Cape also chose to back the CR17 campaign.

Acting Western Cape chairperson Khaya Magaxa said the province still has around ten disputes to resolve over select branch nominations, but their resolution would not affect the material results.

The outcomes for the top positions now represent the democratic choice of the branches in the province. Their delegation will now try and lobby others to support Ramaphosa's campaign going into the national conference next month, he said.

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