The ANC in Mpumalanga has widely came out in support of a "unity" approach to the party presidency come December. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma received the majority of the nominations in the province with 123, followed closely by Cyril Ramaphosa with 117 nominations for the position of president However, there were 223 abstentions. Mabuza asked The Elexions Agency, running the process for the ANC, to clarify what was written in the nomination forms of those that were abstentions, and the agency’s Dren Nupen replied that "unity" was written on the nomination forms. Mabuza urged the agency to pronounce that "unity" was the winning position in the province. Delegates then broke into song.

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