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'Motlanthe's silence not unusual'

WC ANC says Motlanthe’s silence about accepting his nomination as ANC president is not unusual.

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

CAPE TOWN - African National Congress (ANC) Regional Executive Committe member Andile Lili said on Tuesday there was nothing unusual about Kgalema Motlanthe's silence on whether he will accept the nomination for the ANC's top job.

He said Motlanthe's supporters are heading to Mangaung with the intention of ousting President Jacob Zuma.

The ANC in the Western Cape has backed Motlanthe to lead the party.

The province's nominations conference twice collapsed because of problems with the verification of branch delegates.

But it is widely expected that Zuma will retain his position thanks to support from majority of the provinces.

Lili said he has a clear goal in mind.

"If we were to continue with our current leadership, we won't have any powers to campaign or convince the electorate to vote for the ANC."

Lili is confident that Motlanthe has more support than some may realise.

The province also wants the latest issue of farm protests discussed at the conference.

They believe farmworkers are being exploited.

The conference gets underway on Sunday 22 December.