Dlamini-Zuma tail­ing Ramaphosa in ANC lead­er­ship race

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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.

Pre­ferred

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.

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