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By unknown | Nov 08, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Frank Maponya

Frank Maponya

Now that the deadline for the nomination process for the ANC national conference has been extended, preliminary figures in Limpopo yesterday indicated that deputy president Jacob Zuma is still in pole position.

The deadline has been extended to November 21 to allow other branches in the province, including those from other provinces, to submit their nomination lists.

To date 354 of the 401 qualifying branches in the province had successfully gone through the process of nominating their preferred candidates.

Forty-one branches still had to conduct nominations at the time of going to print.

Preliminary figures based on branches that had nominated by yesterday stand at 194 for Zuma compared to party president Thabo Mbeki at 160.

Zuma needs only eight out of the remaining 41 branches to be an outright preferred candidate in Limpopo.

Zuma's current lead can be attributed to his solid support in the Sekhukhune and Vhembe regions. The Tzaneen and Giyani areas also ensured that the Mopani region delivered yet another Zuma majority.

Waterberg and Capricorn regions remained unshaken Mbeki areas with Zuma picking up scraps in areas such as Blouberg, Molemole and Aganang.

It remains to be seen whether Mbeki will be able to achieve the tall order of securing support from all the remaining 41 branches.

Political pundits said this was a bridge too wide for Mbeki to narrow. It is expected that the ANC Youth League will throw its weight behind Zuma.

They will be joined by the majority of the provincial executive committee who are known to be Zuma supporters.

Only the Women's League, led by Public Works MEC Rosina Semenya, is hoped to be able rescue Mbeki's chances in the province. Whether this will change the balance of forces remains doubtful.

Approached for comment, a senior Zuma campaigner who preferred to remain anonymous, said the outstanding branches will further consolidate Zuma's support in the province.

"Statistics which are being peddled through the media and text messages are nothing but acts of desperation in the face of the Zuma-tsunami," said the source.


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