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“It was expected, but the margin of victory wasn’t,” so expressed a Gauteng delegate after Jacob Zuma retained his position as president of the African National Congress by winning 2983 votes compared to the 900 of his challenger, Kgalema Motlanthe.
The victory margin hovered around 75% for all the other contested positions as delegates took to slate voting.
Billionaire businessman Cyril Ramaphosa won the most number of overall votes compared to the other winners when he trounced both challengers, Tokyo Sexwale and Matthews Phosa. Ramaphosa won the deputy presidency of the party with 76.4% leaving the challenges to split the remaing 23,6%.
This kind of unprecedented support for Ramaphosa could pose a challenge for Zuma. Analyst, Ralph Mathekga however said that it is unlikely that Zuma will allow Ramaphosa to become president of the country in 2014 as this will be an indictment upon himself.
The incumbent secretary general of the party, Gwede Mantashe, also rubbished an attempt by Fikile Mbalula who challenged for the position.
As the results were announced the plenary hall erupted into song and dance of deafening levels.
The celebration inside the hall was complemented by the singing and dancing of hundreds of jubilant Zuma supporters outside the University of the Free State. The scorching sun did little to dry up the joy of those who had punted Jacob Zuma.
The crowds were dressed in ANC paraphernalia and waved pictures of Zuma while they sang, vuvuzela’s were blown and hooting continued.
A sense of excitement consumed the air. Many of those gathered noted that it was an inevitable win while others believed that Zuma was entitled to be the president for life.
“I am very, very happy,” a supporter noted while another said Zuma is a father figure to her.
Chants of “Viva Umsholozi” and “Zuma my president” reverberated on the streets. Supporters were also very happy at the reappointment of Gwede Mantashe as the party’s secretary general.
Police maintained a high visibility in the area ensuring that all rules are
upheld. Supporters of deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe were not visibly noticed.
The celebrations are most likely to continue late in to the night.
The conference will now move into the various commissions discussing policies followed by the nominations of the NEC from 5pm this evening.
ANC Big 6 announced
Cii News | 18 December 2012
Mangaung, Free State – The results of the elections for the top six positions in the ANC were announced on Tuesday afternoon at the party’s 53rd elective conference in Mangaung.
Incumbent leader Jacob Zuma received an overwhelming 2983 votes, compared to ex South African caretaker president Kgalema Motlanthe’s 991 votes, leaving him at the helm of the ANC.
The announcement of the results sparked what was defined as deafening cheers buy the supporters.
Motlanthe’s decision to decline candidacy for deputy president, meant it was a three horse race between Cyril Ramaphosa, Mathews Phosa and Tokyo Sexwale for the position. Zuma’s new wing man will be billionaire busnessman Cyril Ramaphosa. His 3018 voted blasted his opponents out of the water, with Phosa getting 470 votes and Sexwale getting an even less 463 votes.
The title of ANC secretary general stays with Gwede Mantashe. his tally of 3058 votes, dwarfed the votes of his only rival for the position, Fikile Mbalula, who received 901 votes.
Jessie Duarte appointment was confirmed, after ran unopposed for the position of deputy secretary general.
Baleka Mbete also retained her position as ANC chairperson. Mbete also overshadowed her challenger Thandi Modise by a large margin, which seemed to have become the trend of wins for the afternoon. She received 3010 votes, while Modise received 939.
ANC, KwaZulu-Natal chairman Zweli Mkhize defeated his ANC counterpart Paul Mashatile by 2988 votes to 961 for the position of treasurer general of the party.