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WC ANC backs Motlanthe

WC ANC members worked through the night to nominate Kgalema Motlanthe as ANC President.

Members of the Western Cape ANC during the nominations conference on 5 December 2012. Picture: Rahima Essop/EWN

CAPE TOWN/JOHANNESBURG - The ANC in the Western Cape has backed Kgalema Motlanthe to lead the party after Mangaung.

Provincial ANC secretary Songezo Mjongile announced delegates nominated the deputy president for the position of ANC president.

"We are nominating comrade Kgalema Motlanthe for president and comrade Fikile Mbalula for the position as Secretary General. For the other four positions we are doing a revote as there were no candidates who received more that 50 + 1 votes."

This conference has been hit by one delay after another because of disagreements and disputes over the selection of branches.

On Wednesday night ANC members gathered outside the venue gathered outside the venue, some to show support for their preferred candidates, but others were there to complain about the process of selecting delegates.

EXTENSION TO NOMINATE

The Western Cape and Limpopo branches were given an extension to nominate by Luthuli House after problems with the verification of branches meant that voting could not take place before last week's deadline.

Western Cape Provincial Chairman Marius Fransman was optimistic about the success of this conference when delegates began arriving on Wednesday.

"We believe we will have a very good conference."

But as the night dragged on, Fransman was occasionally seen pacing up and down, phone in hand.

ANC branch members gathered outside the venue, some to show support for their preferred candidates, but others were there to complain about the process of selecting delegates.

One woman caused a scene when she was prevented from entering the venue.

Members from the ANC's national committee spent most of the night trying to resolve the issues.

To date, majority of provinces have nominated President Jacob Zuma to retain his position after Mangaung.

Delegates will be verified and registered in their provinces before they take the road to Mangaung, were the ruling party's top six leaders will be nominated.

LIMPOPO NOMINATION

In Limpopo arguments around who's allowed to actually vote have gone on throughout the night.

It appears some national ANCleaders tried to broker a truce between Jacob Zuma and Motlanthe supporters, but in the end, Zuma supporters walked out.

Two people were also arrested after trying to force their way into the conference.

The police's Hangwani Mulaudzi said the pair tried to break through a roadblock outside the gathering.

"They started pelting us with stones and we had to use water cannons to disperse them. During the fracas, we managed to arrest to people who we believe were the main instigators."

The ANC's electoral conference gets underway on 16 December.

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