President in pole position on Limpopo lists
It seems like ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma's supporters in Limpopo are losing their grip ahead of the organisation's national conference due to take place in the province in December.
President Thabo Mbeki has received overwhelming support from most of the branches that have nominated their preferred leadership candidates thus far.
This is contrary to popular belief that Zuma has the support of the majority of people in Limpopo.
Out of the three branches that have released their nomination lists in Polokwane so far, only one has nominated Zuma. The Westenburg and Flora Park branches have placed Mbeki on top of their lists. The Ike Maphoto branch - formerly known as Bendor - has thrown its weight behind Zuma.
According to preliminary statistics in possession of Sowetan, the Mogalakwena area in Mokopane had 32 branches, five of which had been disqualified. Out of the remaining 27, 25 have completed their nominations.
It was discovered that of the 25 branches, only three has nominated Zuma to become ANC president, while 22 nominated Mbeki. Two of the branches are still to submit their nominations.
The Mopani area's statistics, which encompass five municipal areas, indicated that the two camps were closely tied. Five branches voted for Mbeki in the BaPhalaborwa municipality, while four voted for Zuma.
One is still to nominate.
In the Maruleng muni-cipality, which has 11 branches eligible to nominate, nine nominated Mbeki, one Zuma, while the other one is still to forward its nomination list.
Greater Letaba municipality's list favours Mbeki with 12 against Zuma's nine, while four are still to submit their nominations.
In Tzaneen, Zuma received support from 13 branches while Mbeki got 10. Three are still to nominate. Zuma, however, had the upper hand over Mbeki in Giyani, where he won the support of 15 branches as compared to Mbeki's one. Five of them still have to nominate.
Except for the Sekhukhune region, a known Zuma support base and which had not as yet forwarded its nomination list, the remaining regions had publicly supported Mbeki.