Zuma's chances for a second term get a boost

The NUM resolved to support the ANC leadership elected at the 2007 national conference in Polokwane.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma's chances of re-election as ANC leader appear to have received a boost, after a resolution taken by the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).

During its national conference in Kempton Park on Friday, NUM vowed to support the current ANC leadership.

The mineworkers union is the largest affiliate of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), and will have influence in determining the positions adopted by the federation.

Its General Secretary, Frans Baleni, said the union had resolved to support the continuity of leadership. He said its decision will be communicated to ANC tripartite alliance partner Cosatu, ahead of the ANC's national conference in Mangaung, this December.

At the same time, Minister of Public Enterprises Malusi Gigaba warned the ANC to not be preoccupied with succession battles. The minister called for unity within the ANC.

"Factionalism is slowly and seriously crippling our movement and distracting our attention from our historic mandate. We are fixated with succession battles."

In recent months, it has been reported that Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe as well as the Minister of Human Settlements, Tokyo Sexwale, want to lead the governing party.