Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Picture: SOWETAN and REUTERS
Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Picture: SOWETAN and REUTERS

Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma have accepted nomination for the ANC presidency. 

ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize received 193 branch nominations for deputy president, but declined nomination on the conference floor.

Mpumalanga chairman David Mabuza has been nominated on Dlamini Zuma's slate obtaining 1,128 nominations. 

NEC member Lindiwe Sisulu is challenging Mabuza for the position of deputy president with 619 nominations. 

Outgoing ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe is nominated on Ramaphosa's slate as national chairman. The position will also be contested by NEC member Nathi Mthetwa. 

The post of secretary-general will be fought between Free State chairman Ace Magashule and former KwaZulu-Natal chairman Senzo Mchunu.

The post of treasurer-general will be contested by Gauteng chairman Paul Mashatile and NEC member Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. 

The ballot paper will now be prepared and voting will begin. 

This follows ANC delegates questioning their own knowledge of their leaders as they insisted that they be allowed a list into the voting box when they elect the national executive committee (NEC).

This was proposed by the ANC Women’s League and backed up by the ANC Youth League, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, all of whom back Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

A delegate from the Greater Johannesburg region in Gauteng, however, said lists should not be allowed because there was an issue of slates.

This view was shared by electoral commission chairman Sindiso Mfenyana who said the ANC was in a situation where the party needed to convince people that it was serious about giving power to the branches.

"We want to show now that the ANC is serious about the branches."

He said the best way to vote for NEC members was "to elect people you know".

Delegates were unhappy with this and started singing to drown him out.

A number of NEC members had to step in to try to smooth things over.

Tony Yengeni pointed out that the conference was the highest decision-making body and if it did not adopt a rule "then that is it".

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