Ahead of the ANC conference which is set to begin on the 16th to 20, Deputy President Cyril Rmaphosa has yet again gained the full support of the ANC Limpopo, South Africa’s province bordering Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
The Deputy President and Presidential hopeful’s bid to become ANC’s president received the full support of the people with a whopping 391 nominations.
The province held its provincial general council on Monday where it indicated its support for Ramaphosa as against his major contender, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma which trailed behind with 104.
The deputy presidency nomination went to Lindiwe Sisulu, who got 189 nominations, followed by Mpumalanga chairperson David Mabuza with 129.
This comes a few days after the ANC Gauteng pledged to support the Deputy in his Presidential bid. Ramaphosa, who received a total of 374 while his fellow presidential contender Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma received 64 nominations.
This means that seven out of every 10 branches in Gauteng favoured Ramaphosa as their presidential candidate.
At 508 delegates, Gauteng would bring the sixth-largest number of branch members to the national conference.
Meanwhile, in North West, a court challenge looms against the ANC in the province following the contested result that favoured presidential nominee Dlamini-Zuma to succeed Jacob Zuma.
The demand for court’s intervention comes after the province’s general council on Friday in Hammanskraal, northern Pretoria, declared Dlamini-Zuma the overall winner with 291 branch nominations for the position of president.
The results announcement was preceded by scuffles, shouting, singing and heated disputes over alleged bogus delegates that participated in the meeting in order to credit Dlamini Zuma over Ramaphosa.
However, the North West premier and ANC provincial chairperson Supra Mahumapelo, in his closing remark, described the mood as one of “robust engagement” and urged the media to report that no one was suppressed.