Tshwane mayor roots for Kgalema Motlanthe
TSHWANE mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa's branch wants President Jacob Zuma replaced in December.
Branch 51 in Atteridgeville on Saturday night nominated Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to lead the party after the elective congress in Mangaung, with Naledi Pandor as his deputy.
This could indicate where Ramokgopa's loyalties lie. A few months ago he was criticised for allegedly having used Zuma's polygamous lifestyle to emphasise the president's incapability to lead the party - a claim he has since denied.
He said his statement, which was made during the Tshwane central branch policy discussion meeting in May, was merely a warning to members not to be influenced by what people say about Zuma's leadership qualities.
It is alleged he said incumbent secretary-general Gwede Mantashe should be retained, while Febe Potgieter made it to their list as his deputy.
The Atteridgville branch nominated current Gauteng chairman Paul Mashatile to replace treasurer-general Mathews Phosa, while Thandi Modise made her debut as national chairperson in the nomination stakes.
It is understood that about nine other branches in the Tshwane region, including Hammanskraal, agreed to nominate Tokyo Sexwale for the position of deputy president.