Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS

The ANC’s election agency in KwaZulu-Natal, The Elexions Agency, was forced to conduct a recount of votes‚ after numbers did not add up in the province’s structures the evening before, on Tuesday.

The province had nominated Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma for party president ahead of closest rival Cyril Ramaphosa. Tuesday’s recount did not ultimately change the outcome — in fact‚ it pushed Dlamini-Zuma’s numbers up slightly and decreased Ramaphosa’s tally.

On Monday evening‚ Dlamini-Zuma emerged as KwaZulu-Natal’s preferred presidential candidate with 433 nominations to Ramaphosa’s 193. However, after the overnight recount — following a complaint from regional secretaries — Dlamini-Zuma’s nominations rose to 454 and Ramaphosa was down to 191.

For the deputy president position‚ Mpumalanga ANC chairperson David Mabuza’s numbers increased from 434 to 449; while rival Zweli Mkhize’s tally rose from 59 to 64‚ and Naledi Pandor lost two nominations, down to 51.

For the position of national chairperson‚ Nathi Mthethwa was nominated by 358 branches on Monday‚ but after the recount his tally rose to 371 — while current ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe’s 190-branch nominations remained unchanged.

For the position of secretary-general‚ Free State chairperson Ace Magashule increased his numbers from 410 to 427 branch nominations. Senzo Mchunu remained on 192.

Deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte was nominated by 357 branches‚ although that number rose to 372 after the recount‚ while union federation Cosatu’s second deputy president Zingiswa Losi increased hers by two branch nominations, from 111 to 113.

Despite another tally of the votes at the KwaZulu-Natal provincial general council on Tuesday, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma still came out ahead as the preferred candidate for the ANC presidency. This ...

Nomvula Mokonyane was nominated by 289 branches on Monday‚ but also benefited from the recount‚ raising her tally to 302. Paul Mashatile remained on 188 for the position of treasurer-general.

The need for a recount was brought to the fore by ANC Youth League provincial secretary Thanduxolo Sabelo‚ who complained on Monday evening, following the announcement that the figures had not been verified. The provincial general councils (PGC) agreed with him‚ and the agency was alerted to this discrepancy by regional secretaries, forcing the recount and addition of those votes that had been left out.

ANC deputy chair Willies Mchunu said the opportunity needed to be given to the election agency to explain itself. "This verification had to be done so that the PGC was not thrown into doubt about its authenticity. It was done so that the process has integrity and does not impact on the national conference‚" said Mchunu. "If we failed with this process‚ we were going to be judged harshly."

Bontle Mpakanyane of The Elexions Agency conceded an oversight — especially with regard to the 17 nomination booklets that were found torn at Moses Mabhida region in Pietermaritzburg.

A member of the ANC’s provincial executive committee said they will be reporting the incident to Mantashe‚ and that they would not let the issue drop until properly investigated by Luthuli House.

A total of 5‚240 delegates will be able to vote by secret ballot for the ANC’s next leaders. This total is made up of delegates from the nine provinces‚ youth leagues‚ women’s and veterans’ leagues‚ the national executive committee, and nine provincial executive committees.

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