- President Zuma hosted a dinner for the candidates
- The seven hopefuls pledged to unite and strengthen the ANC
- With the voting deadline for branches approaching, Ramaphosa holds the lead with 65% of the nominations
President Jacob Zuma hosted a dinner evening for the ANC presidential hopefuls who were vying for the top spot in the party and eventually the country.
Briefly.co.za found that IOL.com reported that Zuma met with the seven candidates, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, National Chairperson Baleka Mbete, Treasurer-General Zweli Mkhize, NEC members Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Lindiwe Sisulu and Jeff Radebe as well as former Treasurer-General Matthews Phosa.
Among other things, they discussed how they planned to unite the ANC and build a stronger party.
The nomination process at branch level has been fraught with delays, violence and accusations of fraud and manipulation. After the landmark judgement against the ANC KZN provincial executive committee (PEC) in which court found that the previous provincial election was marred by fraud and was declared invalid.
A number of court cases have opened citing irregularities in provincial elections and branch meetings. The deadline for branches to name their preferred presidential candidate has been extended to this weekend.
So far the race has only had two real contenders, Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, with the deputy president holding a firm lead.
It is estimated that Ramaphosa has secured 65% of the nominations so far. 74% of the branches have voted so far. If the deputy president hopes to win he needs 50+1 branch nominations which work out to 1956 nominations, he currently has 2 245.
However, the number of branch nominations are not fixed, the branch delegate who is sent to Johannesburg does not have to vote for the nominated candidate and can change his or her vote.
This means that although Ramaphosa has the lead when it comes to December he may end up losing if the delegates vote for Dlamini-Zuma or another one of the candidates.
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