The ANC 54th elective conference has come and gone with the larger expected Cyril Ramaphosa emerging as the new ANC leader but not with a confirmation of the whereabouts of 68 delegates’ votes.
It’s been confirmed that a meeting of the ANC’s steering committee is underway to investigate the “disappearance” of the said delegates votes during the just concluded conference.
According to a report from News24, only 4708 instead of 4776 total number of voting delegates who attended the conference actually voted. Hence, 68 votes are reportedly missing and the steering committee which is in charge of organizing the conference are expected to find out what actually happened.
Speaking on the media on plans to investigate the matter, an ANC senior delegate explained that the EleXion Agency, which conducted the election on the ANC’s behalf, need to explain what the votes of 68 delegates weren’t counted.
“They are there. They are voting delegates who voted. Why weren’t their votes counted?” asked the source.
The call for an urgent investigation into the missing votes was powered by supporters of Senzo Mchunu, the candidate who was defeated by Ace Magashule with a total vote of about 2360 as against his 2336. Mchunu is also a strong supporter of the Cyril Ramaphosa group while Ace Magashule is a strong ally of President Jacob Zuma.
Ramaphosa’s emergence as new ANC president, though did not come as a major shock to many following the mass endorsements he receives from the public, it came as a big blow both the Dlamini-Zuma group and mostly to the Gupta family.
Columnist Max Du Preez, however, refers to Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa as probably the best President meant to bring a positive change in the ANC.
Du Preez, like many other business-minded individuals in South Africa, believes that Ramaphosa will help to restore some market confidence in the economy and go a long way in pulling the country back from fiscal populism and state capture.
Ramaphosa ran his campaign on a message of clean government and has had huge public support from business, and the result, according to Du Preez, is a massive win for South Africa in the sense that “it represents the second to last nail in Jacob Zuma’s coffin.”