Dlamini-Zuma tailing Ramaphosa in ANC leadership race
MPUMALANGA - With exactly two weeks to go until the African National Congress (ANC)’s national elective conference gets underway, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is tailing Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa with presidential nominations.
The ANC in Mpumalanga on Friday endorsed Dlamini-Zuma to take over as president of the party. Dlamini-Zuma received 123 nominations while her rival Ramaphosa was short of just six votes at 117.
The party held its provincial general council at the Mbombela stadium.
A song titled ‘ Unity‘ was the order of the day. Some 223 delegates abstained by writing unity on the nomination forms.
Now with those votes consolidated, Dlamini-Zuma has been named the preferred candidate but provincial chair David Mabuza says a vote for her at the elective conference in two weeks will be a fractional decision.
“I’ll take this view of the province to other provinces and we’ll discuss with them.” Mabuza is calling for thorough negotiations in an effort to elect a credible and united leadership at the conference.
ANC MP Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma with Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.