ANC Sandton denies 'list'

The Sandton branch of the ANC has not drawn up or endorsed any list of desired candidates for leadership positions to be determined later this year.

The Sandton branch of the ANC has not drawn up or endorsed any list of desired candidates for leadership positions to be determined later this year.

"The ANC Sandton branch is not aware of any 'list' that was supposedly circulated and adopted by the leadership, in relation to the national conference in Limpopo," said branch chairman Lawrence Khoza in a statement yesterday.

"The branch is not aware of some 'comrade's list' which the branch is allegedly expected to endorse."

Khoza was responding to a City Press article that alleged the party had created a list of who it wanted in the ANC's top six leadership positions.

The article also said the branch was expected to endorse the "Mbeki list" which cites him for the ANC presidency.

The list reportedly also has Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as deputy president, Joel Netshitenzhe as national chairman and Defence Minister Mosiuoa Lekota as the secretary-general.

The article also claims the branch sent one of its members to gauge whether Cyril Ramaphosa was willing to be nominated for the presidency and had found he was not eager to go against Mbeki.

"At no stage did the branch ever send a branch executive member or anybody for that matter, to establish whether or not Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa is available for nomination, and neither has the branch ever discussed any issues related to the nomination or otherwise of Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa," said Khoza. - Sapa

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