South Africa's ruling ANC part prepares to elect new leader
South Africa's ruling ANC part prepares to elect new leader
Cyril Ramaphosa is the new presidnet of the ANC
17 December, 2017, 15:27
The ANC is still South Africa's biggest party by far, but the 54 percent it won in local elections a year ago was its worst poll result since 1994.
ANC spokeswoman Khusela Sangoni said the party had completed vetting the eligibility of roughly 6,000 delegates to decide who would take part in the voting.
In his last speech as ANC leader on Saturday, Zuma announced plans to raise subsidies to tertiary colleges and universities, a move analysts said was timed to appeal to the more populist members of the party.
There are more than 4,700 delegates attending the conference just outside Johannesburg which got off to a late start due to disputes over which delegates are qualified to vote, and further challenges may be lodged.
This paves the way for delegates to nominate their preferred candidates for the top six positions‚ including the much anticipated clash between Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. The new ANC president is likely to become the country's next president. Africa's oldest liberation movement, which celebrated its 105th anniversary this year, led the fight against the system of white minority rule known as apartheid and has governed South Africa since the first democratic elections in 1994.
Delegates from KwaZulu-Natal, North West, Free State, some from Mpumalanga and from the ANC Women's League sang for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as she sat stone-faced on the stage where the NEC was seated. The Saturday night endorsement of Ramaphosa by Baleka Mbete, the party's outgoing national chairwoman and a Zuma ally, has fueled speculation that the race may be swinging in the deputy president's favor.
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Zuma said he always believed the job was a serious task. "Unity is what will make the ANC and South Africa succeed".
Some South Africans worry, however, that Dlamini-Zuma would be influenced by her ex-husband and perhaps shelter him from prosecution.
A court ruling on Saturday determined that some senior officials from provinces seen as supporting Dlamini-Zuma had been elected illegally and were barred from the conference.
He also lashed out at members of the ANC who turned to courts to resolve party issued and called on the party to unite behind whoever is declared the victor, saying: "The movement (ANC) must be the victor and not individuals".
It was about the candidates competing for his position and who will lead the ANC later during this conference, which takes place at Nasrec until Wednesday. Zuma and the Guptas have denied any wrongdoing.
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