The Sowetan today publishes the results of last week's poll on who, among the so-called compromise candidates, our readers think should succeed President Thabo Mbeki.
The Sowetan launched the poll following media reports that the ANC succession debate had taken a new turn with the mooted possibility that both Mbeki and ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma could withdraw from the contest in favour of a compromise candidate.
Such a move, it was suggested, would be premised on the realisation that the degree of acrimony between Mbeki and Zuma as a result of the succession debacle was creating unacceptable divisions within the ANC.
The name of former Gauteng premier Tokyo Sexwale was thrown in the hat as a possible compromise candidate.
There has also been speculation that with the approach of the ANC national conference in December,, there could be more names added to the compromise candidate list.
Other possible compromise candidates include ANC general secretary Kgalema Motlanthe, ANC national chairman and Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota, former ANC general secretary turned-businessman Cyril Ramaphosa and Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
The purpose of the Sowetan poll was to find out from readers who of the so-called compromise candidates they thought should be Mbeki's successor.
Zuma's name was not included in our poll list because he is NOT a compromise candidate.
Unfortunately some of our readers misunderstood the purpose of the poll and suggested that Zuma's name was excluded because the Sowetan did not want him as the next ANC president, and subsequently as our next head of state.
The Sowetan's understanding is that Zuma remains a candidate for the ANC presidency until he or the ANC decide otherwise.