North West nominates Zuma

ANC North West has nominated President Jacob Zuma for a second term in power.

President Jacob Zuma

NORTH WEST - President Jacob Zuma has won another ANC province on Monday morning in the race to the party's Mangaung conference.

The North West province has now formally decided to nominate him which means Zuma now has what appears to be overwhelming support.

Zuma's victory in the province appears to be substantial.

He received a 162 votes, compared with Motlanthe's fourteen.

The North West is also falling into line with the majority of other ANC provinces, in backing Cyril Ramaphosa for deputy president.

Ramaphosa appears to be the preferred candidate over Motlanthe, with the party's KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and Eastern Cape regions nominating him.

However, this province has seen huge divisions over the last few years, with two factions occasionally using violence against each other.

The margin of victory may spark complaints from Kgalema Motlanthe's supporters.

KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, Free State and Northern Cape have all backed Zuma to continue leading the ANC ahead of the party's national elective conference which will get underway on 16 December in Mangaung.

Gauteng and the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) have endorsed Motlanthe to take over from Zuma, but the deputy president has made no indication he will accept the nomination.

Motlanthe has also said that he will not take part in any deals to secure leadership posts ahead of the conference.

Motlanthe said this in an interview with the _Business Day _newspaper.

This could lead to more speculation about whether he'll be out in the cold after December.

Meanwhile, political analyst Steven Friedman said although many ANC regions have backed Ramaphosa to take over as deputy president, he has yet to show his hand.

He said for the sake of peace, there may be a negotiated settlement on who will be deputy president.

"Factions in the ANC are very busy at the moment, trying to work out a compromise to avoid an election."

But fellow political analyst Karima Brown said uniting the party would be the most important task after Mangaung.

"If Motlanthe contests the positions and loses, what is going to happen to him?"

Analysts are in agreement that Motlanthe may be ousted from the party if he decides to run against Zuma, who appears to be perfectly placed for a second term at the helm.

The ANC's Limpopo, Western Cape and North West regions missed the Friday deadline to submit their nominations.