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Branch delegates who will attend the national elective conference should vote in support of the candidate their branch nominated

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The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal has spoken and it wants Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma to be the 14th president of the party. If the ANC in KZN gets its way, she will become the first woman to lead the party.

Dlamini Zuma was nominated by 433 branches, while her main contender for the top post, Cyril Ramaphosa, was favoured by 193 branches.

It means Dlamini Zuma has now bagged the most nominations in four provinces: KwaZulu-Natal, Free State, Mpumalanga and North West.

Two of these provinces, KwaZulu-Natal and Mupumalanga, will send the largest number of delegates to the national elective conference.

Dlamini Zuma can also count on the women’s league and the youth league for support.

However, as things stand, Ramaphosa is looking stronger.

He has secured the most nominations from five provinces: Eastern Cape, Western Cape, Northern Cape, Limpopo and Gauteng.

He is also expected to get the support of the veterans’ league.

The results from KwaZulu-Natal must have been especially pleasing for the Ramaphosa camp.

This province was viewed as Dlamini Zuma’s base, but her victory here was by no means convincing.

In fact, Ramaphosa secured more votes than was expected.

However, it is still far too early to predict a win for Ramaphosa.

Branch delegates who will attend the national elective conference should vote in support of the candidate their branch nominated.

However, there is no guarantee that they won’t change their minds.