'Ramaphosa wants deputy post'

Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to accept nomination for the position of deputy president of the ANC.

ANC NEC chair Cyril Ramaphosa attends the ANC's 53rd national conference in Mangaung on 16 December 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

MANGAUNG - Businessman and ANC national executive committee chair Cyril Ramaphosa is expected on Monday to declare that he has accepted nomination for the position of deputy president of the ANC, despite reports on Monday saying he may decline.

Eyewitness News has learnt Ramaphosa told his close friends that he will run, making the race for the deputy president the most contested one in this conference.

For the nomination process to start, the conference has to clear the hurdle of adopting credentials, which serves as the voters-roll for party elections.

Once the conference agrees on credentials, the nominations will kickoff.

Ramaphosa has reportedly had meetings with deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe in which he offered to decline nomination if Motlanthe does not contest President Jacob Zuma to become president.

It is understood Motlanthe declined this offer, saying they should run because the branches want them to.

Day one at the conference adjourned during the early hours of Monday morning after delegates went into a closed session for a financial report and then underwent a credentials verification process.

That process was not completed.

National ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu believes the conference will get back on schedule on Monday and results from nominations could be revealed tonight.

"I believe that can still happen. We can still vote for officials and from where I am seated, we can still have the results of the six top officials much later today."