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'If the ANC nominates her, she will not say no' - X

By unknown | Nov 20, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

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Mother of the nation, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, is ready to join the leadership race of the ANC.

Madikizela-Mandela's publicist Malcolm X was categoric yesterday: "If the ANC nominates her, she will not say no, she is the loyal servant of her people."

Sowetan also has it on good authority that several senior ANC members have been streaming to her Orlando house since last year to request her to accept nomination or to support them.

Despite reports that branches have nominated President Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma, the ANC is still to officially announce the names of leaders nominated for the top six positions.

In fact, Madikizela-Mandela could be nominated from the floor - as happened during the 1997 conference for the deputy president position.

Then she declined the nomination, allowing Zuma to become the deputy president.

The uncompromising stance between Mbeki and ANC deputy president Zuma could force delegates at the conference to consider other options.

The Constitution prevents Mbeki from standing for another term as the country's president while Zuma could still be charged by the National Prosecuting Authority.

X was not prepared to name the top officials from the camps of Mbeki and Zuma who had asked for Madikizela-Mandela's support.

"Mama's house is always full. The reason Mama's house is called parliament is because she gets visitors from ANC members and ordinary people on a daily basis to seek solutions for a number of issues.

"I would not be surprised if you run to Mama's house one day for matters related to your work," said X.

The ANC national executive committee at the weekend discussed increasing women representation to 50percent.

Madikizela-Mandela, who was unceremoniously pushed away by Mbeki during the June 16 celebrations in Orlando in 2001, remains popular among ANC structures.


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