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NC ANC undecided on Zuma’s proposal

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Party will first meet with branches before making a final decision

Deshi Ngxanga. File image

THE ANC in the Northern Cape has yet to decide if it supports President Jacob Zuma’s proposal that the loser in the party presidential bid at the December elective conference should automatically deputise the winner.

ANC provincial secretary, Deshi Ngxanga, stated that they would first meet with their branches to obtain their views.

Ngxanga once again denied that there had been any attempts to disband the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) after it had expressed support for deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed Zuma.

“There have been absolutely no attempts to disband the PEC in the Province. The provincial conference held in May resolved to support Ramaphosa as the president come December 2017. The provincial conference is the highest decision-making body, constituting more than 70 percent of branches.”

Ngxanga indicated that he was not aware of any prohibition that was in place to prevent ANC structures from openly supporting their preferred presidential candidate.

Support for the hotly-contested leadership position is mainly divided between Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

During the policy conference in July, President Zuma, as a compromise, tried to convince members to agree that the loser in the presidential race should automatically become deputy president.

The majority of provinces have also been tight-lipped as to whether they support this idea.

The Northern Cape is the only Province so far to have pronounced its support for Ramaphosa to succeed Zuma.

The ANC in the Northern Cape and the North West held bilateral meetings earlier this week to develop a proposal to align local and national elections in order to unify “deepening divisions” in the ANC.