A campaign to have ANC national chairwoman Baleka Mbete lead the party as its next president is looking to gain some traction. The group met with Mbete on Monday night and endorsed her. She accepted the endorsement but will only officially accept nomination when processes formally open. One of the leaders of the campaign, Buda Tsotetsi, said their wish-list of people they would want to serve with Mbete are David Mabuza, Fikile Mbalula, Lindiwe Sisulu and Thandi Modise. For the position of treasurer-general they were considering Tokyo Sexwale or Paul Mashatile. The campaign will start approaching these people after the policy conference, he said. Tsotetsi said those supporting Mbete will not support former African Union commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma or Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who have both been publicly endorsed. Talks were held in Johannesburg where delegates from different provinces and regions met on the sidelines of the ANC’s fifth national policy conference. ...

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