Who will lead ANC?

Eric Naki

Eric Naki

It's crunch time for ANC presidential aspirants, who will soon know if they have made it into the provincial nomination lists.

The contest for the ANC presidency is mainly between President Thabo Mbeki and his deputy Jacob Zuma, as well as businessman Tokyo Sexwale. Tycoon Cyril Ramaphosa's name has also been tossed into the hat.

ANC headquarters at Luthuli House in Johannesburg yesterday announced deadlines for all provinces to hold their provincial general councils to complete nominations for the top six positions and candidates for the 60 NEC members. The candidates will be elected at the party's national conference in Limpopo next month.

North West province will hold its nomination conference on November 22. The Free State, Northern Cape, Western Cape and Limpopo will meet on November 24. Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga will nominate candidates on November 25.

The provincial lists will determine which of the presidential candidates will make it onto the ballot paper in Limpopo.

Candidates may also be nominated from the floor at the conference, provided the nomination has the support of 25 percent of the delegates.

Eastern Cape, with 906 delegates, and KwaZulu-Natal with 608 will likely determine who will be elected as the party's leader.

The Eastern Cape has placed Mbeki on top of its list, while KwaZulu-Natal favours Zuma.

Sexwale leads what has been described as a "third way" list and Ramaphosa's name has cropped up in the Western Cape.