- Zuma has revealed his concerns over his legacy
- He has approached provincial leaders asking to promote unity
- His attempts have been met with skepticism due to his vocal support of Dlamini-Zuma
As the upcoming elective conference heads into its final stages, things are starting to heat up. Dlamini-Zuma's campaign for the presidency is not a sure thing which has resulted in President Zuma admitting that he is worried about his legacy.
Many key provinces which had been labelled at Dlamini-Zuma strongholds are facing mounting legal challenges which threaten the elective conference directly.
Breifly.co.za can confirm that ANC provincial leaders who met with Zuma to discuss his calls to unify the party were met with doubt, they called his efforts 'too little too late' and contradicts his previous vocal support of Dlamini-Zuma.
The KZN provincial executive committee's (PEC) future is in doubt as the high court has reserved judgement in the case brought to the court by Lawrence Dube to enforce the removal of the committee from office according to mg.co.za.
The Free State conference has been halted after the branch meetings were deemed to be unlawful and need to be held again.
Zuma has been working non-stop to defuse tensions within the party, having meetings the senior officials and hosting a dinner for the seven presidential hopefuls.
The president has asked that in the interests of unity that the delegates do not wear T-shirts brandishing their preferred candidates and that songs which could antagonise other delegates at the conference.
The president had suggested during the policy conference that the losing presidential candidate is appointed as the deputy president, this was largely rejected by the delegates at the conference.
This suggestion has garnered support as the presidential race has become divisive for the party and may result in a split in December.
Ramaphosa has emerged as the clear favourite having won the majority of votes in at least five provinces the Western Cape, the Northern Cape, the Eastern Cape, Gauteng and Limpopo.
The provincial leader who labelled Zuma as fake also said that "the old man is desperate now" and has been seen as trying to woo people on Ramaphosa's slate.
Zuma revealed that he was concerned about his legacy but his attempts at unity now are seen as too late after he had missed many opportunities in the past to unify the organisation.
A staunch Zuma ally, Sihle Zikalala, has called for all the presidential hopefuls to be included in the national executive committee (NEC).
The latest province to reveal is nominations was the Eastern Cape which Ramaphosa won with a landslide of 423 nominations to Dlamini-Zuma's 61. Even Zweli Mkhize and David Mabuza won more nominations that Dlamini-Zuma with 193 and 190 respectively.
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