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By unknown | Dec 07, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Eric Naki

Eric Naki

It's official. President Thabo Mbeki and his deputy Jacob Zuma are the only candidates for the party's presidency position.

It is also official that Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has declined nomination by the Jacob Zuma camp for the post of ANC national chairman and accepted deputy president as proposed by the Mbeki side. She will be competing against Kgalema Motlanthe, ANC secretary-general.

This emerged in a consolidated list for national executive committee members to be elected at the ANC 52nd national conference to be held in Limpopo from December 16 to 20. The list, which clearly shows a battle between the Mbeki and Zuma camps for every top six positions, was released by the ANC-appointed electoral commission yesterday.

The list shows that ANC strategist and government policy advisory head Joel Netshitenzhe will fight it out against former Gauteng premier, Tokyo Sexwale for the national chairman's post. Netshitenzhe is favoured by the Mbeki camp, while Sexwale, a former presidential hopeful, has lately associated himself with the Zuma faction.

The conference will also see a tough battle between ANC national chairman Mosiuoa Lekota and former trade unionist Gwede Mantashe for the crucial secretary-general position.

Also on the list, Parliament's speaker Baleka Mbete will stand against Public Works Minister Thoko Didiza for the deputy secretary-general position, while for the treasurer-general, former Mpumalanga premier Mathews Phosa will be up against Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the country's Deputy President.

Both businessman Cyril Ramaphosa and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela are not on the top-six line-up, but have accepted nomination for additional NEC membership.

All top six candidates have accepted the nominations.


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