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EC ANC backs Zuma for second term

Eastern Cape ANC spokesperson Mlibo Qoboshiyane said they want a mixture of continuity and change.

ANC President Jacob Zuma at the party's policy conference in Midrand on 26 June 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN"

JOHANNESBURG - The Eastern Cape ANC on Monday said it will back President Jacob Zuma to stay on as party leader for another term.

It also said it was not worried that the number of ANC members in the province appeared to have dropped dramatically since January.

Eastern Cape ANC spokesperson Mlibo Qoboshiyane said they want a mixture of continuity and change.

"We are flatly behind Zuma."

But Qoboshiyane said the final decision lies with provincial branches.

"Each and every member must not feel intimated. There must be free-flow democracy in the nomination of ANC leaders."

Monday's announcement appears to be another big boost for Zuma after news that his home province, KwaZulu-Natal, will sending a very large delegation to Mangaung.

Membership in the Eastern Cape fell from 225,000 to around 185,000.

KwaZulu-Natal's membership grew from 244,000 members in January to more than 331,000.

Last week, the ANC officially opened the nomination process for the six leadership positions.

The process of verifying the nominations is expected to last until November.