A FACTION campaigning for Premier Nomvula Mokonyane to be elected the first woman chairperson of the ANC in Gauteng last night launched a fight-back plan dubbed "the tsunami".
The Mokonyane camp said it expected delegates at the provincial elective conference next month to endorse its proposed leadership because its executive committee would be drawn from all the province's regions.
The ANC's resolution to do away with two centres of power - one person leading the party and another the government - could work in Mokonyane's favour.
The gathering of ANC activists from Gauteng structures of the party at the Orlando Community Hall in Soweto yesterday planned their strategy around "correcting the propaganda that Paul Mashatile was leading the nomination race."
Mashatile and Mokonyane will contest the chairpersonship of Gauteng next month.
"This was not a formal ANC meeting but a platform for open lobbying and an unambiguous show of strength and support for comrade Nomvula," said a source.
Recent reports have claimed that Mashatile was well ahead of Mokonyane in the nomination race, but Mokonyane's lobby group said out of 108 branches that had held successful general meetings to nominate candidates, the premier was leading with 56 to Mashatile's 47, while a further five branches had not pronounced their preferences. ANC spokesperson Dumisani Ntuli said out of a total 370 ANC branches, 130 had already submitted their nominations.
"We are running a clean campaign that will emphasise the unity and cohesion of the ANC," said another source.
Mokonyane nomination list: Chairperson - Nomvula Mokonyane; deputy chairperson - Bafana Sibisi (a member of Tshwane regional executive committee); secretary - Pule Mlambo (Johannesburg regional secretary); deputy secretary - (Ekurhuleni still to submit candidate); treasurer - Alinah Rantsolane (Sedibeng regional executive member).