November 24, 2022


Philani Mzila is a Zimoja content producer

Following the announcement that was made by the Head of Electoral Committee and former President of South Africa, Kgalema Motlante, the embattled current ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa will go to head to head with former Health Minister Zweli Mkhize for the presidential position during the ANC's 55th National Elective Conference in December.


Ramaphosa and Mkhize will go to the ANC National Conference with dark clouds hanging over their heads as "The Buffalo' has some issues to answer over the Phala Phala Farm Scandal whereelse Mkhize has some issues too to answer over the Digital Vibes Scandal. Professor Bheki Mngomezulu from the Western Cape University said that the road is still long even after the announcement that made by Mothlante. "There is still long road ahead. ANC delegates still have a chance to nominate anyone who can go head-to-head with both controversial leaders...Mkhize and Ramaphosa. This raises most critical questions with regards to the leadership of the ANC  as to, do people want to be led by someone with some critical issues to answer? Does the public have trust in someone implicated in serious crimes? Will the ANC allow to be led by someone with dark cloud hanging over their heads? As much as both men have not been charged but anything can happen as the ANC is heading to conference,' said Mngomezulu. He said that he does not think this list was final as delegates have a right to nominate another presidential candidate on the floor. "So far in that top six that was announced, there are two people who can walk not tainted if you look at it very closer. It is Paul Mashatile, who is leading on the short list of the deputy position. . Anything is possible and there is still deputy president David Mabuza who can rise again, if nominated on the floor. You cannot rule him out,'he said.


Mngomezulu said that the ANC's 50/50 gender equality was just a dream."That deputy secretary position of the ANC was held by the late Jessie Duarte and now it is also guaranteed that it will be held by a woman once again. Currently it is Nomvula Monkonyane and Febe Potgieter who are vying for that post. Nothing has changed as the top six will be dominated by males once again,' he said.Motlante announced Ramaphosa was nominated by 2037 branches while Mkhize was nominated by 916 branches for the presidential leadership position.Mashatile is cruising as the front runner after he was nominated by 1791 branches followed by Ronald Lamola with 427 and Oscar Mabuyane for the deputy position.On the chairperson position, Stanley Mathabatha scored 1492 while Gwede Mantashe came second with 979 and David Masondo third with 501. Ntuli is leading the secretary general race with 1225, followed by Phumulo Masualle with 889 and Fikile Mbalula with 749.In a surprise move Benjamin Chauke is leading the Treasurer General position with 552, followed by Pule Mabe with 428 and Mzwandile Masina with 348.Mokonyane is leading Potgieter with 1779 for the seputy secretary post.


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