Motlanthe explains decision to join the race

Kgalema Motlanthe says he is not standing for ANC nomination to oppose anyone.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said he was standing for nomination to serve the organisation and not to oppose anyone in an election.

His spokesperson on Thursday confirmed that he had accepted nomination for the positions of president and deputy president of the ruling party.

Thabo Masebe said Motlanthe was waiting for the branches to speak.

"Kgalema Motlanthe is a member of the ANC and he said the ANC, in whatever capacity of the organisation, elects him. He does not elect himself, and that is why he decided to accept the nominations."

Meanwhile, the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) said it was not concerned Motlanthe may not have enough support at the party's Mangaung conference to oust President Jacob Zuma for the top job.

Acting ANCYL President Ronald Lamola said the conference is all about persuading members on who should be president, and said that was exactly what they intended on doing.

"We are going to pursue various structures of the ANC. We will continue up to the elections to engage and convince people that Kgalema is the best person to lead us at this current state of the revolution."

ANC electoral commissioner Tshilidzi Ratshitanga said they would hold elections for leadership positions one by one if a candidate was nominated for more than one position.

The commission clarified processes and procedures around this weekend's electoral conference at Mangaung.

The vote for the ANC's top six will be a secret ballot and will be counted manually.

Ratshitanga said this will be done "not to disadvantage" candidates.

The ANC will also debate and adopt policies the conference, which gets underway on Sunday.