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Fransman: Zuma should lead ANC

Western Cape ANC Chairperson Marius Fransman is backing Jacob Zuma.

Western Cape ANC Chairperson Marius Fransman is backing President Jacob Zuma ahead of Mangaung.

CAPE TOWN - The ANC in the Western Cape looks set to support President Jacob Zuma for a second term in office.

On Friday night, the party's national executive committee officially opened the nominations process for Mangaung.

Since then, the ANC Youth League announced that it was now publicly backing Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

The league also wants Secretary General Gwede Mantashe to be replaced by Fikile Mbalula.

In the Western Cape, the party said it will start discussing nominations this week for its preferred candidate.

Chairperson Marius Fransman said ANC branches across the Western Cape will have the opportunity to nominate their preferred candidate in the run up to Mangaung.

"Over the next 90 days, the branches in the Western Cape will have the opportunity to nominate their candidates. Obviously, Mangaung must be around the policy formulation and the policies that we are advancing."

He said it is not about the individual, it is about collective leadership.

"There's no way that one can support a recklessness in politics where insecurity, instability, every so often leadership change must occur. Where I'm sitting at the chair, I'm not supporting any radical change in the leadership."

Fransman said he supportsed Zuma.

"I believe that the president must get a second term, but it is up to the branches."

Meanwhile, the Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said it supported the ANC's current leadership.

The elective conference kicks off on 16 December.