Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday won the endorsement of Eastern Cape branches, obtaining 423 nominations from a total of 526 ANC branches. His main opponent in the race to lead the ANC, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, was a distant second with only 89 nominations in the province. The Eastern Cape has lost its spot as the party’s second-largest province to Mpumalanga and is expected to send the third-largest delegation to the ANC’s national elective conference later in December. The Eastern Cape was the first province to nominate ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize as deputy president — the nomination places him on the ballot for the post. Mkhize is also jostling for the position of president, but has not yet been nominated by a province for the post. Addressing the Eastern Cape provincial general council on Thursday, Mkhize urged party members to disappoint those who had already predicted that the upcoming December conference would be the death knell of the ANC. “We know that som...

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