No ANC decision on Motlanthe yet

It has not been decided whether ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe will become South Africa's deputy president, the party's secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said yesterday.

It has not been decided whether ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe will become South Africa's deputy president, the party's secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said yesterday.

At a meeting with President Thabo Mbeki this weekend, the ANC leadership moved to have him appoint Motlanthe as a second deputy president of the country, the Sunday Times reported.

"The speculation about the deputy president is a speculation," Mantashe said at the close of ANC National Executive Committee's three-day lekgotla in Midrand yesterday.

ANC policy is that the president and deputy president of the party serve the country in those capacities.

However, there will be two centres of power - the government and the ANC - until the next general elections in 2009 following the election in December of Jacob Zuma as ANC president and Motlanthe as his deputy.

Mantashe said the electricity crisis was also debated in depth at the lekgotla. He announced that diplomat Jesse Duarte would replace Smuts Ngonyama as the ANC's new spokesman. - Sapa

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