Political parties gear up for elections

The Congress of the People and the United Democratic Movement will be launching their manifestos...

COPE supporters gather at New Brighton Library near Port Elizabeth ahead of the launch of the party’s election manifesto. Picture: Mandy Wiener/Eyewitness News

The Congress of the People and the United Democratic Movement will be launching their manifestos while the African National Congress will finalise their list of who they want to enter Parliament after the election.

A number of the top ministers would find out this weekend if they were going to remain in high office or not.

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ANC leader Jacob Zuma has occupied the obvious top position while Baleka Mbete and Mathews Phosa would need not worry about their positions along with Jeff Radebe, Lindiwe Sisulu and Babara Hogan. <?xml:namespace prefix="o" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office"?>

However, those ministers who were expected to be a little concerned about their positions include Manto Tshabala Msimang, Ivy Mstepi Casaburi and Nosiviwe Nqakula.

Current President Kgalema Motlanthe should occupy the number two spot but there have been whispers against him recently.

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