Outgoing ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize turned down nomination for the position of party deputy president after striking a deal with Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza‚ sources said. Mkhize stunned ANC conference delegates when he took to the podium in Nasrec on Sunday night to withdraw his candidature at the eleventh hour‚ despite being nominated by 193 branches. It is understood Mkhize’s backers had reached a similar deal with deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa’s camp – agreeing that he would decline nomination to allow Lindiwe Sisulu to contest the position under their slate. According to senior ANC figures familiar with the discussions between Mkhize‚ Mabuza and the supporters of presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma‚ they were due to lobby for Mkhize to be their number one candidate on the incoming national executive committee of the party‚ which is its highest decision-making body in between conferences. The sources privy to the matter said‚ in terms of the ongoing discus...

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