ANC Secretary General: Despite the dispute over missing votes, the African National Congress (ANC) newly elected top-six member, Ace Magashule has retained his position as the governing party’s Secretary General.
This comes after 68 votes which were not included in the final tally for the party’s top six leadership elections were disqualified, leaving Magashule’s rival Senzo Mchunu ousted from obtaining the coveted position in the party.
While Ace Magashule and his team rejoiced over the win, some disgruntled South Africans took to Twitter to express their opinions on the matter. For the most part, social media users called the secretary general out for all the scandals attached to his name. Some also wondered if he ever wins an election without attracting irregularities.
Here are some of the reactions on social media following the announcement of results:
— MosothoFela (@MosothoFela) December 19, 2017
#SupraMahumapelo on #ENCA talking nonsense about missing 63 votes- he is afraid that his fellow predator #AceMagashule will be removed as SG, if the votes go to #SenzoMchunu. Supra threatens to call for a re-run of the entire elections, if the ANC doesn't just move on: #blackmail
— Neil Coleman (@NeilColemanSA) December 19, 2017
In 2007 ANC elected Zuma as President knowing fully well about #783 charges.10yrs later Ace Magashule is elected Secretary General despite #VredeFarm & other scandals. A thi pfesese. Ndi khou vhona vhukwila fhezi kha ANC.#ANC54 #68MissingVotes #AceMagashule pic.twitter.com/3PKtkh5xTK
— Hloni Nyetanyane (@HloniNyetanyane) December 20, 2017
— MosothoFela (@MosothoFela) December 11, 2017
Congratulations #ANC you have played yourself! You will not see the 2019 election #ANC54 voting in #Zuma apologists like #JesseDuarte and thugs like #AceMagashule ! You dont take South Africans seriously.
— Bomikazi S (@babyboms) December 18, 2017
— Ta Cadre(Daddisho ku Mamisho) (@AfrikaMayibuye) December 19, 2017
TokyoSexwale, #ANC don't take us seriously when it comes to fighting corruption. How do you justify the election of that corrupt thug #AceMagashule over clean #SenzoMchunu? #Ace gave #Guptas R30m of our tax money for wedding yet today he is on #ANCTop6. @SakinaKamwendo #AMLive
— King Shaka (@KingShaka79) December 19, 2017
Top 6 nominations:#DavidMabuza – allegations of fraud/political killings. Gupta links. Apartheid spy? #AceMagashule – allegations of corruption. #GuptaLeaks reveal relationship.#JessieDuarte – former husband in 2010 housing scandal. Son-in-law linked to Guptas.
— I am an African 🇿🇦 (@Clint_ZA) December 17, 2017
Ke kopa ho botsa?
Voting delegates were 4776
Ace Magashule got 2360
Senzo Mchunu got 2336
There were 8 abstentions
There were 4 spoilt votes
— Monghadi TLT Gaelae (@Gaelae) December 19, 2017
— Karen Slabbert (@NoteKaren) December 19, 2017
Magashule’s closest rival, Senzo Mchunu, on Monday, lost the top post as a result of the missing 68 votes which many believe could have helped him secure a spot in the ANC’s top six. This sparked controversy among Mchunu’s supporters and some disgruntled ANC members. They protested against the result, calling for an accountability on the missing votes and for the internal election body to do a recount.
However, during the recount, the electoral body was forced to discredit some votes among the formerly discredited votes while Mchunu was awarded only just 15 votes (out of the 68 votes). Regardless, ANC secretary general ACE Magashule was able to retain his position by nine votes. Prior to the recount, Magashule secured 2360 votes while Mchunu received 2363.
Meanwhile, there are fears that the slew of ANC disgruntled delegates from the Vhembe district in Limpopo and the Abaqulusi district in KwaZulu-Natal could likely launch a legal challenge against the decision concerning the 68 votes.