Thapelo Lekabe

By Thapelo Lekabe

Senior Digital Journalist

ANC elective conference: Ramaphosa leads the pack, as nominations for top 6 are revealed

David Mabuza, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Lindiwe Sisulu did not receive enough nominations to be on the ballot paper.

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ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa and former health minister Zweli Mkhize are leading the pack in terms of the number of branch nominations for the governing party’s presidential race.

Road to ANC elective conference

The ANC’s electoral committee, led by former president Kgalema Motlanthe on Tuesday briefed the media in Johannesburg on branch nominations for the ANC’s top six positions.

This is ahead of the party’s hotly contested 55th national elective conference set to take place next month at the Johannesburg Expo Centre in Nasrec in the south of Johannesburg.

ANC president

According to the total number of branch nominations received – including from the ANC’s leagues – Ramaphosa garnered 2 037 nominations to serve a second term as the party’s president.

His challenger for the top post, Zweli Mkhize, received 916 nominations.

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The ANC in Limpopo, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Mpumalanga, North West and Gauteng have all endorsed Ramaphosa for re-election as party president.

The ANC’s biggest voting bloc, KwaZulu-Natal, pledged its support for Mkhize to be the president of the party.

The other candidates who have thrown their hats in the ring for the presidency, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, did not receive enough nominations to be on the ballot paper.  

ANC deputy president

ANC - Mashatile
ANC Treasurer General Paul Mashatile speaks at a press conference at Luthuli House in Johannesburg on 28 April 2022. Picture: Michel Bega

There are three contenders for the ANC’s second most powerful position, the deputy presidency.

ANC treasurer-general and acting secretary-general, Paul Mashatile, is the favourite for the position after he received 1 791 nominations from ANC members.

Justice Minister Ronald Ramola garnered 427 nominations while Eastern Cape Premier and ANC provincial chair, Oscar Mabuyane, received 397.

Incumbent ANC deputy president David Mabuza did not make the cut to return for a second term.

ANC national chairperson

Stan Mathabatha re-elected as ANC chair in Limpopo
Limpopo Premier and ANC chairperson in the province Stan Mathabatha. Picture: Gallo Images/Sowetan/Antonio Muchave

There are three candidates vying for the national chairperson position.

Limpopo Premier and ANC provincial chair, Stanley Mathabatha, is leading with 1 492 nominations.

Incumbent ANC national chair, Mineral Resources and Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe, received 978 nominations.

David Masondo, who is currently serving as the deputy minister of finance, got 501 nominations.

ANC secretary-general

Ex-ANC secretary disappointed the PEC has chosen not to endorse him
Former ANC KZN provincial secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli, who is vying for the ANC secretary-general position. Picture – The Witness

Former KZN ANC secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli is the favourite for the secretary-general position. Ntuli gathered 1 225 nominations from ANC members.

Former Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle is the second leading contender for the post with 889 nominations.

The ANC’s head of elections and Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula, received 749 nominations.

Deputy ANC secretary-general

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ANC NEC member Nomvula Mokonyane during the ANC’s 110th anniversary celebrations at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on January 08, 2022 in Limpopo, South Africa. Picture: Gallo Images/Philip Maeta

There are two contenders leading for the deputy ANC secretary-general position.

The ANC’s national head of organising Nomvula Mokonyane is leading with 1 779 nominations. Her challenger for the position, the ANC’s general manager at Luthuli House Febe Potgieter-Gqubule, received 905 nominations.

ANC treasurer-general

Bejani Chauke. Picture: Twitter

Ramaphosa’s special advisor Bejani Chauke leads with 552 nominations for the ANC treasurer-general position.

ANC national spokesperson Pule Mabe got 428 nominations while ANC Ekurhuleni regional chairperson, Mzwandile Masina, received 348.

Motlanthe said the process of tallying the number of nominations for the top six positions was not yet complete.

There will be an opportunity during the national conference for delegates to nominate candidates from the floor, he said.

“Any name that musters 25% of voting delegates will also be included on the ballot paper,” Motlanthe said.

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