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Gauteng ANC backs Motlanthe over Zuma

By Sapa | Nov 30, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 18 ]

The Gauteng ANC has nominated deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe to take over as president of the ANC

The province decided at its nomination conference on Thursday night to back Motlanthe over the incumbent, President Jacob Zuma.

Other branches around the country, as well as the ANC Youth League, have decided to nominate Motlanthe.

He, however has not yet indicated whether he will accept the nominations.

The province chose to retain Gwede Mantashe as secretary general.

Tokyo Sexwale was nominated for deputy president, Febe Potgieter for deputy secretary general, North West premier Thandi Modise for chairwoman, and Gauteng ANC chairman Paul Mashatile for treasurer.

The Gauteng ANC said 432 delegates were expected to attend the conference. However, only 412 were present on Thursday night.  

“The provincial nominations conference represented the democratic views and wishes of the overwhelming majority of the members of the ANC in Gauteng,” it said.  

“We are satisfied that the outcome of the results... will push for [the] renewal of the organisation.” 

It said the conference had consensus on the selection of 80 national executive committee members.  

“The results will place our province in a position to forge ahead with speed in implementing the ANC’s priorities which are informed by the plight of our society.” 

At the sidelines of the conference on Thursday night Mashatile said delegates were allowed to debate on their choice of candidates without fear of intimidation.

“We have agreed as Gauteng that let’s allow branches to discuss their will freely, and... today [Thursday] there is nobody fighting here,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the conference.

“Once the process of voting is done, we will accept that those are the results, and those names will go forward as the nomination of Gauteng.” 

The provincial conference consolidates branch nominations ahead of the African National Congress’s national conference in Mangaung in December.

Before the conference began, members from the Ekurhuleni region sang about former ANC president Oliver Tambo, and held up two fingers, symbolising a second term for Zuma.

They later sang in favour of “Msholozi” — Zuma’s clan name.

The Gauteng provincial executive committee had previously decided to ban t-shirts with slogans or images supporting candidates, or songs that derided them.

A few female delegates cheered after Mashatile entered the venue in Turffontien. They then rolled their hands in a motion associated with calling for the substitution of a soccer player.

This gesture is linked to the call for Motlanthe to replace Zuma in Mangaung.

When Mashatile introduced himself to delegates, all cheered, except those from Ekurhuleni. Several rolled their hands.

“I am happy when you are singing and not insulting anyone,” Mashatile said.



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Kgalema should just come out and challenge because whether he challenges him or not he is going to lose his current post after mangaung.

Nov 30, 2012 9:38 | 0 replies

People in Gauteng are smart and wide awake, can read and write and by the way can tell a good leader from a bad one. Well done, Gauteng! At least there are still sobre people around in the ANC.After the senseless charade in KZN I almost gave upon the ANC.

Nov 30, 2012 5:47 | 0 replies

MOthlante strikes me as just a useless, toothless waste of fresh air, so many throw their weight behind him and yet has no ability to make his intentions known?

Nov 30, 2012 4:42 | 0 replies

Zuma is a corrupt thief who to this day cannot give a logical explanation for Nkandla or face the arm's deal accusations in court. Motlanthe is a ditherer and unable to decide whether to stand or not. This at best makes him a follower but NEVER a leader. I guess this is the best that the ANC can produce. Pathetic!

Nov 30, 2012 3:29 | 0 replies

there are no leaders within the ANC or SA as a whole. they were all killed by the apartheid regime. they killed our leaders. Who do you think can lead this country within the ANC,DA,COPE,IFP,UDM,FF etc no one

Nov 30, 2012 3:15 | 0 replies

Gauteng, you have just started with the wrong foot. You are doing the same mistake done by former Pres Mbeki of coming with people which are unknown to the ANC. Who is this Febe Potgieter? Give us his/her biography, or is the one that joins ANC through FNB account. Pres Mbeki came out with people like Mrs Mlambo-Ngcuka unknown people in the ANC.

Nov 30, 2012 3:4 | 0 replies

Papage- you have your wires crossed, I suggest you go brush up on the ANC and SA constitution. We dont live in a Bantustan, second thought, perhaps you cannot read. We live in a Republic with one Head of State, muppet

Nov 30, 2012 2:20 | 0 replies

Its a pity I live in this province, which is leaderless, I hate to be assosciated with this Gauteng province

Nov 30, 2012 1:44 | 0 replies

Motlante & two separate camps behind him!!

One camp nominate Motlante as President and Tokyo as the Deputy President.
The other camp (ANCYL) nominates him as President, but with Phosa as the Deputy President.

I wonder how does he feel about his chances taking into account the above mentioned developments.

Comrade Jacob Zuma and Cyril are having my blessing for a new mandate to lead the organisation beyond Mangaung.

Nov 30, 2012 11:29 | 0 replies


Dont be fooled SOWETAN EDITED THE WHOLE ARTICLR FROM CITY PRESS. Look at the margin of victory from KM over ZUMA. The Zuma got 45% of GP votes...that is massive even though he lost compared to KZN, FS and MP where Zuma got 100%....dont be fooled by the article....go to

Nov 30, 2012 10:43 | 0 replies

Old news what is heppening with Sowetan

Nov 30, 2012 10:25 | 0 replies