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ANC KZN: More votes for Dlamini Zuma after irregularities in counting

It has emerged there was a discrepancy in the numbers from the Moses Mabhida and Abaqulusi regions, but this doesn't change the overall figure which saw Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma nominated by the province.

Presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma is seen addressing the African Committee Leadership Conference of the International Union of Socialist Youth at the St Georges Hotel in Irene. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN

DURBAN - Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has been nominated by 454 branches to become ANC president and not 433 as previously announced.

The latest figures come after a delegate raised discrepancies in the number of branches that were proclaimed on Monday.

The announcement was made by the Elexions Agency a short while ago during an open session at the KwaZulu-Natal provincial general council.

Cyril Ramaphosa, who had been tipped that 193 branches nominated him, has had his number reduced by two.

The Elexions Agency's Bontle Mpakanyane explained: “Comrade Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma had received 433. From the altering of the Abaqulusi region, the numbers have moved. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma’s nomination from ranches increases from 433 to 454.”

Mpakanyane explained there was a discrepancy in the numbers from the Moses Mabhida and Abaqulusi regions.

However, she emphasised that it didn't change the overall figure.

“Cyril Ramaphosa, who was on 193 branches, has dropped by two to 191 branches nominating him to become president.”

Mpakanyane said David Mabuza, who has been nominated to become ANC deputy president, was on 434 and has an additional 15 branches added, meaning he's now on 449 nominations.

She added: “Jesse Duarte, who has been nominated for deputy secretary general, moves from 357 to 372 branches nominating her and Nomvula Mokonyane, who has been nominated in the position of treasurer general, has an additional three branches nominating her. She moves from 289 to 302.

'SOMETHING FISHY'

Earlier, ANC deputy chair in KwaZulu-Natal Willies Mchunu said there was something fishy about nomination numbers presented by officials on Monday.

Mchunu said presentations were made and the most glaring issue was the verification of the numbers presented.

“It was then agreed that officials will lead a delegation to do an inspection together with the IEC. Indeed, it was proved correct.”

Meanwhile, the ANC’s provincial general council in KwaZulu-Natal questioned the integrity of the elective conference after the discrepancy in nomination numbers.

While Mchunu applauded the delegate who raised the discrepancy in numbers after the nominations were announced, he said it was important that the conference maintained its integrity.

This comes amid concerns about whether this month’s gathering will still take place with an impending court case surrounding the legitimacy of the incumbent provincial executive.

At the same time, some of the so-called ANC rebels were not present at the Tuesday morning gathering. They’ve claimed they were deliberately barred from accessing the venue.

President Jacob Zuma is expected to attend the closing when he concludes his government duties at the ICC.

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