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We’ll battle it out in Mangaung - Mantashe

The ANC’s Gwede Mantashe says a leadership based on consensus will not be made.

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe at a post-NEC briefing on 21 May, 2012. Picture: Tshepo Lesole/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe on Tuesday said the party would not have arrangements about who should be elected to lead the ANC ahead of the party's Mangaung conference.

Mantashe said leadership in the ANC had always been contested, and that the Mangaung conference would be no different.

With most provinces having finalised their nominations, talk of possible leadership arrangements has surfaced.

Some parts of the ANC want to avoid the divisions in the party being exacerbated by the leadership contest, and instead want a leadership based on consensus.

But Mantashe threw cold water on the suggestion.

"'Arrangement' is not in the vocabulary of the ANC."

The outcomes of provincial conferences show that President Jacob Zuma has a decisive lead for a second term at the helm, and that Mantashe has also secured his reelection.

The party's elective conference gets underway on 16 December, while the ANC's Limpopo and Western Cape provinces are due finalise their nominations on Wednesday, after they missed last Friday's deadline.