Only 552 readers voted by telephone, in the Sowetan's poll on compromise candidates, a far-cry from previous Sowetan polls.
The response, for instance, to our Jacob Zuma poll netted more than 9000 votes.
Our suspicion is that some readers decided not to vote when they saw that Zuma's name was not on the candidates list. Some readers wrote letters complaining about Zuma's exclusion from the list, threatening to boycott the poll.
The Sowetan believes the succession debate is a matter of public importance because whoever is eventually elected as the ANC leader, will influence the life of every South African.