Leadership contest good for democracy – Zuma

President Jacob Zuma said contesting for positions in the ANC shows the party’s democracy.

President Jacob Zuma said contesting for positions in the ANC shows the party’s democracy.

MANGAUNG - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe's decision to accept a nomination for the party's top job is healthy for democracy, ANC President Jacob Zuma said on Saturday.

Zuma spoke for the first time about the nominations of Motlanthe and other leaders, including Treasurer General Mathews Phosa, who accepted a nomination to contest the position of deputy president.

He made the comments at the Progressive Business Forum (PBF) gala dinner in Mangaung, which was attended by several high-profile guests from Cabinet and the business community.

The ANC's elective conference kicks off in Bloemfontein on Sunday.

Zuma said the nomination of leaders to contest positions in the party's top six does not mean that there is something wrong.

"Comrades have been nominated and [they] accepted. People think there is something wrong. It is democracy - there is nothing wrong."

According to Zuma, branch delegates at the conference will have the final say about who is elected.

He also praised the ANC's democracy, saying contestation for leadership started at its very first conference.

The conference will take place at the University of the Free State.