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Tokyo has Winnie's vote

By unknown | Oct 10, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Eric Naki and Sapa

Eric Naki and Sapa

Leading businessman Tokyo Sexwale's presidential ambitions received a major boost yesterday when Winnie Madikizela-Mandela "threw her full weight behind his campaign".

Eastern Cape-born Madikizela-Mandela is expected to woo her followers in the province to vote for Sexwale at the crucial ANC national conference to be held in Limpopo from December 15.

Sexwale recently donated a brand new vehicle to Madikizela-Mandela in what has been seen as "buying her support".

Despite her isolation from the ANC leadership, Madikizela-Mandela continues to enjoy widespread support in many parts of the country, especially the Eastern Cape.

Madikizela-Mandela, whose name was ironically included in President Thabo Mbeki's camp list last weekend, is expected to share the stage with Sexwale at two political rallies in the province this weekend.

They are billed as the main speakers at a rally in Mdantsane, East London on Saturday, and another at Queenstown's Mlungisi Community Hall on Sunday.

Last week campaign posters proclaiming "Tokyo for President" adorned lamp-posts in East London and King William's Town.

Sexwale is said to have made visible inroads into Mbeki's strongholds.

His Eastern Cape-based campaign committee said Madikizela-Mandela has "thrown her full weight behind his bid for the ANC presidency".

Sexwale's campaign in the province is backed by former Nelson Mandela Metropolitan mayor Nceba Faku, who confirmed that the former Gauteng premier and Madikizela-Mandela "are coming together this weekend".

That and the fact that they would be sharing the stage this weekend, would "seem to confirm that Madikizela-Mandela was backing Sexwale for the ANC presidency".

Madikizela-Mandela's personal assistant declined to comment yesterday. She could not be reached for comment.


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