The jokes have already started on social media as South Africa waits to hear who will be the next leader of the ANC: President Jacob Zuma’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa or his ex-wife Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
The 54th ANC National Elective Conference has been packed as 4,776 ANC delegates gathered to vote for the top six leadership positions.
And as the jokes go down, the Rand is rising with optimism that it will be Ramaphosa, who was in the lead after branch votes were tallied: Ramaphosa leads with 1,469 branch votes from across six provinces; and Dlamini-Zuma has 1,094.
Other official nominations are:
- David Mabuza – 1,128
- Lindiwe Sisulu – 619
- (Zweli Mkhize – 193 – and Naledi Pandor declined their nominations)
- Gwede Mantashe – 1,499
- Nathi Mthethwa – 807
- Senzo Mchunu – 1,479
- Ace Magashule – 930
- Jessie Duarte – 845
- Zingiswa Losi – 361
- Paul Mashatile – 1,581
- Maite Nkoana-Mashabane – 275
- (Nomvula Mokonyane – 289 – declined the nomination.)
Results are expected Monday on who will replace Jacob Zuma.
#ANCDecides Let’s hope it’s @DPRamaphosa and @LindiweSisuluSA pic.twitter.com/s6Ej1FfOXu
— Yusuf Abramjee (@Abramjee) December 17, 2017
Steve Biko was born on this day. The ANC votes for its new president. I don’t know what this means but it’s provocative. #ANC54 pic.twitter.com/8PNXV2eOmF
— Khaya Dlanga (@khayadlanga) December 18, 2017
Comrade journalists, we hope the catering is better than the spelling. #ANCDECIDES2017 pic.twitter.com/Le9eynwhf0
— Daily Maverick (@dailymaverick) December 16, 2017