African National Congress (ANC) newly elected top-six member, Ace Magashule, has retained his position as the governing party’s Secretary General following a dispute over 68 votes that were not included in the final tally for the party’s top six leadership elections.
Recall that 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 won him a spot in the ANC’s top six.
Voting delegates were 4776
Ace Magashule got 2360
Senzo Mchunu got 2336
There were 8 abstentions
There were 4 spoilt votes
— Sabelo Radebe (@sabelo_sub) December 19, 2017
This issue triggered Mchunu’s supporters and some disgruntled ANC members calling for an accountability on the missing votes and for the internal election body to do a recount.
During the recount, however, the electoral body was forced to discredit some votes while Mchunu was awarded only just 15 votes (out of the 68 votes). Despite this, ACE Magashule was able to retain his position by nine votes. Before the recount, Magashule secured 2360 votes while Mchunu received 2363.
Following this development, there are fears that 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.
Meanwhile, delegates at the ANC’s elective conference have concluded voting for 80 National Executive Committee members and the result is expected to be announced soon, according to outgoing party spokesperson Zizi Kodwa.
In other news, Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe said the issue of not enough women being elected to the top six will be addressed when NEC members are announced.
“It’s unfortunate that only one woman was elected to the top six. But I can assure you that as we elect the national executive committee in terms of the ANC constitution, the leadership must be made up of at least 50% women. So, that will be adjusted during the NEC elections,” he said.
Radebe stated this while addressing members of the Progressive Business Forum at the last breakfast briefing of the conference.