ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma's aspirations of becoming president of both the party and the country were boosted this week when the Msholozi branch in Nkandla elected him top of its leadership list.
The branch's nomination of Zuma comes barely a week after six other branches in KwaMashu proposed similar lists. The list comprises Zuma as president, Kgalema Motlanthe as deputy president, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as national chairman, Gwede Mantashe as secretary-general, Baleka Mbete as deputy secretary and Mathews Phosa as treasurer.
Sayinile Shange, the branch secretary, said they did not nominate Zuma because he was a local person, but because they believed he was the best person to lead the organisation and the country. Shange said the local branch was also against statements made by ANC leader Mosioua Lekota that T-shirts and the singing of struggle songs like Awuleth'umshin wam be stopped.
"I think Lekota should wait for Limpopo and see how many of us would be wearing those T-shirts.
He can't dictate to us."