Motlanthe 'accepts' nomination

People close to Kgalema Motlanthe say he accepted his nomination to run against Jacob Zuma.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. Picture: GCIS

BLOEMFONTEIN - People close to Motlanthe confirmed to Eyewitness News on Wednesday that he would accept the nomination to be on the ballot paper for the presidency of the party.

According to sources, the deputy president received a call from the ANC's electoral commission informing him that he was nominated and asking him whether he will accept.

He is said to have answered 'yes'.

Zuma still has the numbers on his side to comfortably retain his position as ANC president, despite Motlanthe's decision to run against him.

Only the ANC's Limpopo, Gauteng, and Western Cape provinces have said they will back Motlanthe at the party's Mangaung conference.

However, Motlanthe is yet to sign on the dotted line, accepting the nomination.

With only three days to go to the ANC's Mangaung conference, complaints about who is allowed to attend and vote in the gathering threaten to cripple the conference.

Several leaders are complaining about the process leading up to Mangaung, saying some branches were disqualified, but later given the go-ahead by Luthuli House to vote at the national conference.

The fight about credentials, which is the equivalent to a voters' roll, is set to be one of the first issues to be discussed when the four-day-long conference kicks-off on Sunday.