Presidential contenders, Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, are both claiming victory in their published numbers ahead of the ANC’s elective conference in December.
According to a report by the City Press, Ramaphosa says he has secured 2,760 votes for the presidency – enough to win. However, Dlamini-Zuma’s recently published figures show she has 2,911 votes – also enough to win, with a significant lead over Ramaphosa.
The conference will attended by by 4,723 delegates.
- Ramaphosa is being supported by the Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Nothern Cape, Limpopo and Gauteng ANC branches.
- Dlamini-Zuma is being supported by the North West, Free State and KwaZulu Natal, as well as the ANC Youth and Women’s leagues.
Loyalties in Mpumalanga are still unknown, the paper reported.
Insiders in the Dlamini-Zuma camp have expressed confidence in her emerging victorious in the presidential battle, calling it a ‘done deal’. However, there are concerns that there will be another split in the ANC if the Ramaphosa camp loses.
Ramaphosa’s side, too, is reportedly confident of a win, with his team already planning a road-map on how to govern the country after the 20th of December. His side has not declared that they will remain in the ANC should they lose.
The ANC is adopting a new method of electing leaders to break slate politics. The delegates will first vote for a president, and once that has been decided, they will then vote for a deputy, secretary general and other leaders separately.
The losers of each round of voting will be eligible for nomination in the next vote – so Ramaphosa or Dlamini-Zuma will be able to stand for the role of deputy president of the party, should either one not win.