Motlanthe accepts presidency nomination

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will run against President Jacob Zuma in Mangaung.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe's spokesperson on Thursday confirmed he has accepted a nomination to run for the presidency of the ANC.

Thabo Masebe confirmed that he has accepted nominations to run for president and deputy president.

On Wednesday, Eyewitness News revealed that Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe accepted a nomination for the presidency of the ANC and will go up against President Jacob Zuma.

Motlanthe has the support of the Western Cape, Gauteng and the ANC Youth League.

But the ANC's Electoral Commission said it could not disclose the names of those who have accepted nominations for leadership positions of the organisation at this stage.

Commissioner Tshilidzi Ratshitanga said it is important that branches are informed first, the announcement will only be made at Mangaung.

"Once they have been given a list of candidates who have accepted the nominations of the various positions, we will then announce that. We have not finished that process so we cannot publicize it."

Electoral Commissioner Baby Tyawa said the process of checking whether candidates are in good standing is still underway.

"They are not ready with a consolidated list because they have to verify the number of years that you've been a good member of the ANC, the credibility of the branch, so that process is not complete."

Meanwhile, the Congress of the South African Trade Union (Cosatu) called for ANC members going to Mangaung not to let the conference be clouded by leadership battles.

The trade union federation said the country is facing multiple crises and it is up to members there to put forward solid solutions that will provide growth.

Cosatu released a booklet earlier with its preferred outcomes of the conference.

Cosatu wants unity in the ruling party and policies that will introduce radical economic transformation.

Cosatu's Zwelinzima Vavi pleaded with delegates not to get side-tracked.

"Delegates going to the Mangaung conference focus on the leadership contest only and policy questions fall by the wayside."

In terms of leadership - the federation says it wants the ANC's NEC to be reflective of the working class.

The conference starts on Sunday.