Cape Town – South African Deputy President David Mabuza is reportedly out of the top leadership of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) after he declined nomination to recontest for his position.
According to Times Live, Mabuza declined his nomination after he was nominated from the floor.
The governing party was on Sunday in its It’s day three of its 55th National Conference taking place at Nasrec in Johannesburg until December 20.
The nominations were concluded in the early hours of Sunday morning after congress adopted the credentials report earlier on Saturday evening.
The Citizen reported that the party national officials were now expected to include a seventh additional member after the conference acceded to constitutional amendments to the ANC’s constitution to allow for the introduction of the position of second deputy secretary-general.
This new position was first proposed in 2012 in Mangaung due to the heavy workload in the office of the secretary-general arguing that three officials were needed to carry it out efficiently, reported IOL.
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It was never passed and the debate popped came up again in 2017 at the Nasrec conference, when it was again placed on hold.
However, according to outgoing ANC national spokesperson, Pule Mabe, the proposal came out of the national policy conference a few months ago and now it would be implemented, the report said.
In a separate report, IOL said that the start of the nomination process was not spared of any drama, as delegates from various provinces jostled to have their voices heard on their preferred candidates.
The first nomination from the floor was for NEC member Nkosazana-Dlamini Zuma who was nominated by Gauteng for the position of President. She, however, declined, the report said.
Below is the official nomination list:
1. Incumbent ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa
2. ANC national executive committee (NEC) member Zweli Mkhize
ANC deputy president:
3. ANC treasurer-general and acting secretary-general Paul Mashatile
4. ANC NEC member and Justice Minister Ronald Lamola
5. Eastern Cape Premier and ANC provincial chair Oscar Mabuyane
ANC national chairperson:
6. Limpopo Premier and ANC provincial chair Stanley Mathabatha
7. ANC national chair and Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe
8. ANC NEC member and Deputy Minister of Finance David Masondo
9. Former KwaZulu-Natal ANC secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli
10. Former Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle
11. ANC head of elections and Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula
First ANC deputy secretary-general:
12. ANC NEC member and the party’s national head of organising Nomvula Mokonyane
The ANC’s general manager at Luthuli House Febe, Potgieter-Gqubule declined her initial acceptance of the nomination for the deputy ANC secretary-general position, then ANC NEC member Gwen Ramokgopa was nominated for the first deputy ANC secretary-general position but she declined the nomination, the report said.
13. ANC MP and NEC member Tina Joemat-Peterson was nominated on the conference floor by her home province, Northern Cape, for the first deputy ANC secretary-general position.
The report said Joemat-Peterson accepted the nomination and will stand against Mokonyane for the post after she met the 25% threshold to be included on the ballot paper.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe