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Dlamini Zuma took most votes against Ramaphosa in KZN

Dlamini Zuma has received the majority of nominations from the branches in KZN which is likely to increase her preliminary numbers against Ramaphosa.

FILE: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa with ANC MP Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma on 7 September 2017 at the XIV World Forestry Congress. Picture: GCIS.

DURBAN - Presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has taken the majority of nominations from KwaZulu-Natal with 433 branches backing her bid to take over the highest office in the African National Congress (ANC).

This follows results announced at the provincial general council being held in Durban for two days.

Cyril Ramaphosa has secured 193 nominations in KZN.

Dlamini Zuma has received the majority of nominations from the branches in KZN which is likely to increase her preliminary numbers against Ramaphosa.

At the same time, David Mabuza has been nominated to deputise the former African Union chair while Nathi Mthethwa has been tipped to become national chair.

Free State Premier Ace Magashule has been chosen to take over as Secretary General with Jesse Duarte as his deputy.

Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane also emerged to take care of the party’s coffers as Treasurer General.

WATCH: Dlamini Zuma is KZN's preferred ANC president

RAMAPHOSA LEADS OVERALL NOMINATIONS

Voting data from the country's nine provinces show Ramaphosa has received the most nominations for the leader of the ANC ahead of the party's conference.

Reuters says it has compiled the number of nominations for each candidate based on voting data released by provincial ANC structures.

The information shows that Ramaphosa received 1,862 nominations by ANC branches, whereas his main rival for ANC leader, Dlamini Zuma, received 1,309 endorsements.

Meanwhile, the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal says it’s in favour of an extended top ANC national leadership.

The Gauteng province also says it supports the expansion of the top six which was proposed by President Jacob Zuma at the ANC policy conference this year.

ANC KZN spokesperson Mdumiseni Ntuli said: “Yes, KZN supports a top six that has got two deputy secretary generals, we’re still engaging on this and we’re not hostile to it.”

LIMPOPO CHOOSES HOMEBOY

Despite Ramaphosa being named the preferred candidate for the African National Congress (ANC) presidency in Limpopo on Monday, the Youth League which supports Dlamini Zuma, have claimed victory.

The provincial general council convened to consolidate votes from branches for the party’s top six and additional membership positions.

Ramaphosa obtained 391 branch nominations compared to 104 for rival Dlamini Zuma.

Provincial chairperson Stan Mathabatha has urged members going to the elective conference to go there with one mandate only voting for Ramaphosa for president.

“Cyril Ramaphosa must be the candidate that is proposed by Limpopo.”

He also says his province will now try to persuade others, in voting for Ramaphosa in the next 11 days.

Meanwhile, the ANC Youth League in this province say Ramaphosa hasn’t won the election just yet and warned his supporters to pronounce victory before the end of the elective conference.

Lindiwe Sisulu has been named the preferred deputy president.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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