Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Money | By Armando Alvarado

ANC 'unity' a ticket to loot

ANC 'unity' a ticket to loot

Whoever becomes ANC leader will most likely be the next president of South Africa, owing to the ruling party's electoral dominance.

But the majority of delegates (223 branch nominations) spoilt their papers by writing "unity", as part of a push by provincial chairperson David Mabuza to force Dlamini Zuma and another presidential hopeful, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, to compromise.

Dlamini-Zuma's slate will not be entirely pleased with the numbers as it showed Ramaphosa had made good inroads in KwaZulu-Natal.

The deputy president already secured nominations from the Western Cape, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape, while the Free State and North West back Dlamini-Zuma.

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Limpopo had thrown its weight behind Ramaphosa earlier in the day, and with KZN having announced its candidates, all provinces have now concluded their PGCs and delegates are ready to head to the national conference at Nasrec in just under two weeks time where voting will again take place. The remaining two provinces should announce their favored candidates by December 5.

Presidential hopeful Mathews Phosa says he will be challenging the outcome of the African National Congress' (ANC) Mpumalanga general council, demanding a rerun. The party's provincial chairman Paul Mashatile was backed as treasurer-general.

Even worse are those who are preaching unity on his behalf. "That means the leadership of the ANC we'll elect will achieve this through consistency".

For the position of national chairperson‚ Nathi Mthethwa was nominated 358 branches‚ beating current ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe‚ who was nominated by 190 branches.

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