ANC presidential hopeful Zweli Mkhize used his time on the campaign trail to call for unity in the party and champion the need for radical economic transformation. Mkhize was elevated to the position of ANC treasurer-general at the party’s last elective conference in Mangaung in 2014. Back then, his province‚ KwaZulu-Natal‚ was backing him for the position and its support paid dividends. However, this time Mkhize is angling for the highest position in the ruling party but is not enjoying as much support from his home province. In KwaZulu-Natal’s provincial general council‚ Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma took 433 branches and Cyril Ramaphosa 193; Mkhize received six nominations. The will of the province will be crucial in the race for ANC president as it has the largest number of delegates at the party’s elective conference, starting on Saturday. Mkhize warned ANC branches that the conference was not about electing a new party president but about preparations for winning the 2019 elections w...

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