North West ANC chairman predicts Dlamini-Zuma victory
Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will be ANC president on Monday, according to North West chairman Supra Mahumapelo.
Nominations for the position of president and the top officials will take place later on Sunday, after credentials were adopted on Sunday morning.
Mahumapelo, who is part of the so-called premier league, told journalists that they were experienced in the field of politics and had lobbied for her victory using a document called The Eye of the Needle, "so comrade Nkosazana is going to be the president by tomorrow".
Mahumapelo said they were so comfortable with the number of delegates supporting Dlamini-Zuma that North West ANC had "volunteered" to exclude 52 of its own, which are part of the branches that were nullified by a high court judgment.
The race for president of the ruling party is a two-horse race between Dlamini-Zuma and ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.
"Because the numbers were just too huge for us to worry on the side of mam’ Nkosazana," Mahumapelo told journalists on the sidelines of the conference.
He said analysts, who have touted Ramaphosa as the favourite, made a mistake while calculating delegates, as some branches had more delegates than others. "They look at the nominations and they say it’s now uhuru (freedom). It is not yet uhuru until you look at every delegate," Mahumapelo said.
He said they were talking to delegates who supported presidential hopefuls that did not make it onto the ballot, such as treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize, Mathews Phosa and Jeff Radebe, and asked them "to support radical socioeconomic transformation''.