Gauteng ANC are behind Motlanthe

The decision was made at a Provincial Executive Council (PEC) meeting on Sunday afternoon.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe speaks during a post cabinet briefing on 31 May 2012. Picture: SAPA.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng African National Congress (ANC) on Sunday nominated Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to lead the party ahead of the elective conference in December.

The decision was made at a Provincial Executive Council (PEC) meeting in the afternoon.

The PEC has also recommended both Tokyo Sexwale and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as deputy president.

The nominations of the PEC are however not final and could be changed in the nomination process scheduled to start on Monday.

Political analyst Adam Habib said Motlanthe's nomination is no surprise.

"We knew Gauteng was largely in favour of nominating Kgalema Motlanthe.

"The big question though, is Motlanthe going to make himself available?"

The ANC's Nkenke Kekana said the decisions are about unity and not just simply removing the current leadership.

"The decision to endorse Kgalema Motlanthe as the president was taken by the PEC yesterday and today we convened all our branches, chairs and executives of our 467 branches in Gauteng, to inform them about our decision."