- Ramaphosa secured the nomination of 383 branch nomination
- Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma only received 55 votes
- Gauteng is expected to officially nominate Ramaphosa at its provincial general council meeting next weekend
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa looks set to be officially nominated by the African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng. The province has been allocated 508 voting delegates at the national elective conference.
Ramaphosa won the province by a crushing margin. He received 383 branch nominations while his main rival Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma only managed 55 nominations. Only two branches nominated candidates other than Ramaphosa or Dlamini-Zuma.
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The Gauteng provincial executive is expected to officially nominate Ramaphosa at its provincial general council meeting next weekend.
Briefly.co.za learned from News24.com that 93% of the ANC’s branches in Gauteng have completed their special branch meetings to nominate replacements for the ANC’s leadership positions.
Dlamini-Zuma’s campaign had hoped to secure at least 100 nominations in the province and expected to do well in the Ekurhuleni region where the mayor and regional chairperson Mzwandile Masina had been fiercely campaigning for Dlamini-Zuma.
Masina famously said that he would resign if Ramaphosa received the majority of branch nominations in his region. He said: "It means I am not a leader. I can’t lead people who don’t listen to me...'This is not just a presidential race, its politics."
Worryingly for the Dlamini-Zuma camp, she managed only 27 nominations in the region while Ramaphosa received 70. Nine branches are yet to hold their branch nomination meetings.
Gauteng has over the years gained a reputation for never backing the winner after it backed Thabo Mbeki in 2007 and Kgalema Motlanthe in 2012 both of whom were ultimately defeated by Jacob Zuma.
The ANC will hold its 54th National Elective Conference in Johannesburg from 16 to 20 December.
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