North West convincingly nominates Zuma

2012-12-03 08:57
Carien du Plessis
The ANC in the North West has become the latest province to nominate President Jacob Zuma for a second term ahead of the party’s elective congress in Mangaung in two weeks’ time.

After three days of infighting, the organising of parallel conferences and an alleged assassination attempt on provincial secretary Kabelo Mataboge, Zuma was convincingly nominated with 162 votes against Motlanthe’s 14.

The province nominated businessman Cyril Ramaphosa as his deputy, Baleka Mbete and Gwede Mantashe for a second term as chairperson and secretary-general respectively, Jessie Duarte as deputy secretary-general and KwaZulu-Natal premier Zweli Mkhize as treasurer-general.

The list mirrors the one nominated by the party in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, the Free State as well as by the Women’s League and Veteran’s League.

SAfm reported that the North West conference was marred by disputes about parallel branches and violence as members from Mataboge’s faction tried to force their way into the conference.

Seven of the ANC’s provinces have held their nomination conferences so far, and all three the leagues have done so.

The ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) is set to decide today whether Limpopo and the Western Cape would be allowed to hold their conferences this week.

The deadline for nominations was Friday.

The conference in Limpopo collapsed after it degenerated into violence, with chairs being thrown and tables overturned, while the conference in the Western Cape collapsed twice over the weekend as factions could not agree over delegates.

Mantashe denied that there had been violence at the Western Cape conference following reports that there was unhappiness within the Motlanthe faction in the province.

If these two provinces, where support for Motlanthe is substantial, don’t go to their conferences, they lose the right to nominate but their branches are still set to be allowed to go to Mangaung.

The NEC is also set to hear a complaint today from the party in the Eastern Cape, where a group supporting Motlanthe complained that some branches were excluded and that voting delegates mysteriously grew in number.