ANC leaders nail their colours to the mast as voting gets under way, at last
Polling finally kicked off around midnight after disputes over delegate accreditation, and results are expected on Monday afternoon
ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa has endorsed Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to be president of the ANC.
By the end of today SA is set to know who the next ANC president is, as delegates voted throughout the night.
It will be either Ramaphosa or Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
Gauteng is the only province that has yet to vote. KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Limpopo voted earlier on Monday morning.
Kodwa tweeted at 2am on Monday:
Jackson Mthembu, an ANC NEC member and chief whip of the caucus in Parliament, also made his choice clear on Twitter.
Dlamini-Zuma’s supporters made their voices heard on social media while the voting was under way.
Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, an NEC member, tweeted:
Polling finally kicked off at about midnight after protracted delays‚ caused by disputes over delegate accreditation and the voting process. The winning candidates are expected to be announced on Monday afternoon.
The conference started on Saturday but the programme only kicked into full gear on Sunday afternoon.
About 4‚700 delegates from nine provinces were due to cast their vote.
On Sunday evening the formal nomination process revealed the candidates for the top six positions.
Despite several names being suggested as presidential hopefuls‚ in the end only Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and former AU chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma remained in the running when the official nominations process began shortly after 6pm on Sunday night.
The rest of the nominations are as follows:
• Deputy president: David Mabuza; and Lindiwe Sisulu;
• National chairperson: Gwede Mantashe; and Nathi Mthethwa;
• Secretary-general: Senzo Mchunu; and Ace Magashule;
• Deputy secretary-general: Jessie Duarte; and Zingiswa Losi; and
• Treasurer-general: Paul Mashatile; and Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.
ANC leaders' declarations of who they voted for are unusual.
Kodwa, Mthembu and Mbalula's endorsements follow a similar move from National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete on Saturday.
Mbete had also campaigned to take over from Zuma but did not garner enough votes from branches in the nine provinces.