ANC nominations heat up

ANC members have started nominating their preferred candidates ahead of the party’s elective conference.

Marius Fransman, Andries Nel and Nonkululeko Sindane at the Chapter 9 briefing on 11 June 2012. Picture: Andrea van Wyk/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The ANC in the Western Cape on Saturday said branches have started holding meetings this weekend to nominate candidates for the party's national executive, as well as delegates for Mangaung.

The party will hold its elective conference in Mangaung in December.

The ANC opened its nomination process this week for the leadership contest.

This means that members, branches and provinces can now openly speak about who they want to lead the party for the next five years.

The Western Cape is sending 210 delegates to the elective conference.

Provincial chairperson Marius Fransman said, "We have to ensure that the leadership under President Jacob Zuma remains but strategic changes must be made."

Fransman earlier this week made it clear that he supported Zuma for second term.

The ANC and KwaZulu-Natal also support Zuma.

Meanwhile, the ANC Youth League has been pushing for leadership changes in December.

The league wants deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe to replace Zuma and Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula to replace Gwede Mantashe.