The race to the ANC Presidential chair is about to see its climax. While 5207 ANC delegates will decide the fate of both the Frontrunners for the reputed chair, the ANC in the Free State has backed Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to take over as ANC president in December. In an article published on Business Live news website, The Free State is the first province to officially support Dlamini-Zuma.its worth mentioning here that The Women’s League, Youth League and the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association are already backing NDZ as per their official statements. On the other hand Northern Cape and the Western Cape, the smallest provinces in terms of how many delegates can be sent to the conference have already nominated Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Moreover, Free State has also nominated Mpumalanga chairman David Mabuza as deputy president, while Nathi Mthethwa got agreed as a national chairman. Current chairman in the Free State, Ace Magashule was nominated as secretary-general, while Jessie Duarte was nominated for her current position, deputy secretary-general. Maite Nkoane-Mashabane was nominated as treasurer-general. It must be noted that all the ANC delegates welcomed the consolidation of the nominations when it was read out in the closed session. However details of which branch nominated which candidate were not provided.
The report further states that the Free State will send 409 delegates out of the 5,207 who will vote in the ANC’s December conference. Also as per the statement by the chairman, the province has 307 branches; of which 291 are in favor while less than 10 branches were set for a rerun. The ANC in both KwaZulu-Natal and North West are also in line to endorse Dlamini- Zuma, while Mpumalanga is still in a dilemma for its decision as its pushing more over the unity platform. As per the statement by Magashule,” members should put whatever differences aside and focus on building and strengthening the ANC”. He further added that “the province’s leadership had over its three terms in office always reached consensus and that the leadership was united.”
So while it can be ascertained from this that the breeze has turned its way towards NDZ in terms of majority within ANC, it will be interesting to see further how the remaining provinces along with their delegates decide on their candidate for the next ANC President.