Delegates console themselves over rumour ‘Unity’ votes went to CR

Cyril Ramaphosa took the reigns of the party as the 14th president of the African National Congress on 18 December 2017.

Mpumalanga delegates who had hoped their presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma would take the baton of the ANC were on Monday night trying to find peace with a rumour that their leader David Mabuza went for her opponent in the ballot paper.

Cyril Ramaphosa defeated Dlamini-Zuma when he received 2440 of the total votes against her 2261, a difference of 179 votes.

NDZ supporters now believe these were the Unity votes that Mabuza had been putting aside all along.

Mpumalanga previously had 123 of its total branches nominating Dlamini-Zuma and 117 nominating CR, with 223 choosing Mabuza’s Unity candidate.

The province changed in the final hours during voting at the Nasrec Expo Centre when a majority of its delegates went for CR in the ballot.

A delegate who serves in one of the regional executive committees of the ANC in the province said newly elected secretary Ace Magashule appeared very upset by the outcomes on Monday night and came to tell them that “Mabuza sold us out”.

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“Comrade Ace came to us [after the results had been announced]. We were very disappointed all of us. No singing. Nothing. Unable even to drink water. He didn’t look happy also. He then said that Mabuza sold us out and then he left,” the Mpumalanga source who is a staunch NDZ supporter said last night.

“But it’s fine we accept the results, all of us we have won,” he said.

Mabuza received 2538 of the total votes for the position of deputy president, defeating Lindiwe Sisulu who got 2159.

Gwede Mantashe, who received 2418 against Nathi Mthethwa’s 2269 votes for the position of chairman, was succeeded by Magashule who defeated Senzo Mchunu by only 24 delegates.

The following are the top six


Cyril Ramaphosa

Deputy President:

DD Mabuza

National Chairperson:

Gwede Mantashe

Secretary General:

Ace Magashule

Deputy Secretary General:

Jessie Duarte

Treasurer General:

Paul Mashatile

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Cyril believes December losers should just accept defeat

He addressed scores with the vigour needed to ascend to the ANC’s highest office.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa believes in slates but wants the losing one to accept the winning one as their elected leaders for the sake of the survival of the ANC.

He said if he himself doesn’t win in December he will just “accept the decision of the majority” and rally his support behind the newly elected leadership.

Ramaphosa spoke during the Mpumalanga SACP’s Red October rally in Mbombela on Saturday and said that everyone – both candidates and delegates – will have to understand that what comes first is actually the ANC and not individuals.

“So comrades as we go to the conference we must know that this is an important conference,” Ramaphosa said at the Mbombela rugby stadium.

“Those leaders who are standing for positions and who will not succeed must accept that those who will be elected are their leaders,” he said.

“They must accept that what comes first is democratic centralism,” Ramaphosa said.

He delivered the keynote address at the communist event together with SACP national deputy chairman Thulas Nxesi.

“Myself as Cyril Ramaphosa if I don’t get enough votes we must accept the decision of the majority of the delegates of the conference,” the Deputy President told supporters in black CR17 t-shirts.

“I’m willing to accept the decision of the majority of the conference. If I don’t succeed, I will humble myself and accept the results and the leadership that will be elected,” he said to applause.

Ramaphosa will face off with Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in December when the ANC convenes its 54th national congress.

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The two are forerunners in the race to succeed outgoing President, Jacob Zuma, on 16-20 December.

Other runners who have declared their interests for the ANC presidency are Lindiwe Sisulu, Zweli Mkhize, Baleka Mbete and Mathews Phosa.

The ANC in the province snubbed the rally, saying it was told nothing about it and instead endorsed the one held by the ANCWL in KwaMhlanga, addressed by Dlamini-Zuma.

Bonakele Majuba, the party’s leader in Mpumalanga, thanked the crowds for coming despite being intimidated, apparently by leaders of branches aligned to ANC provincial leader DD Mabuza – who is opposed to Ramaphosa ascending to the highest ANC job.

“We know that some of you were stopped while you were coming here. Buses were stopped and some of you were even told that if you come here you will lose your jobs and all those kind of things,” Majuba said.

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Researchers find Ramaphosa is favourite in Mpumalanga

The poll was done by etv and interviewed people in the Mpumalanga province.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is the right leader to take over from outgoing ANC leader Jacob Zuma, according to a published poll.

200 people who vote for the ANC in the province were interviewed by MarkData on behalf of etv and found that a majority of them want Ramaphosa.

MarkData says the survey was conducted between September and October 2017 and Ramaphosa was the choice in Mpumalanga and Western Cape while in KZN Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is the favoured choice.

SEE ALSO: ‘Unity’ leads nominations in Mpumalanga BGMs

Close to 70% of those interviewed agreed that the South African President should be jailed when asked by MarkData researchers about his relationship with the Gupta family, while 10% said No he should not.

The survey follows rumours that the Mpumalanga province will back Dlamini-Zuma in order for their own, DD Mabuza, to be the deputy.

This also comes after the Mpumalanga ANCWL a week ago pronounced Dlamini-Zuma as their favourite candidate for the ANC presidency, deputised by DD and Ace Magashule as secretary and Jessie Duarte as Magashule’s deputy.

The league also pronounced Nathi Mthethwa as their favoured candidate for the position of chairperson and Maite Nkoane-Mashabane as the treasurer.

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(With eNCA, by 013NEWS)

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