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Motlanthe declines NEC nomination

Kgalema Motlanthe declined a nomination to serve on the ANC'S NEC.

President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe at the ANC conference in Mangaung. Picture: GCIS.

MANGAUNG - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on Tuesday declined a nomination to serve on the ANC'S National Executive Committee (NEC).

His name was automatically put forward on the NEC nominations list after he lost the contest for the post of ANC president.

Electoral official Bonhle Mphakanya announced the decision at the main plenary hall.

Some delegates gasped, while others clapped when the announcement was made.

Motlanthe congratulated the newly elected leaders of the ANC, saying the party had done itself proud with this group of people.

He added that he was indebted to re-elected ANC President Jacob Zuma.

"I would like to thank the officials, particularly the president, for affording me the privilege to speak after he has spoken. Ordinarily, protocol doesn't allow that."

All other officials who were nominated to serve in the top six, but did not win, accepted their nominations.

Other nominees for the NEC were read out on Tuesday, with the process expected to wrap up on Tuesday evening.

TOP SIX 'HUMBLED'

Newly elected top six officials on Tuesday said they were humbled to be chosen by branch members at its national conference in Mangaung.

The new leaders said they had full confidence in the team they will be working with.

The results of the election were announced earlier on Tuesday.

Zuma emerged victorious beating Motlanthe to remain at the helm of the ruling party.

Cyril Ramaphosa is the new deputy president of the ANC, beating Mathews Phosa and Tokyo Sexwale for the position.

Zuma gave an impromptu speech after the announcement.

"Comrades who are part of us and were exercising their democratic right must not feel like they are outside of these decisions."

Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, who was up against Fikile Mbalula, said he was pleased with the outcome.

"I am always happy with the leadership of the ANC because we use the instrument that is tried and tested. We never go wrong."

Jesse Duarte was elected unopposed to the position of deputy secretary general.

"I am hugely humbled. It is a huge honour to serve in the ANC and for people to feel I can do so with the little skills I have."

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize beat Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile by more than 1,000 votes for the position of treasurer general.

Mkhize said he was well aware of the mammoth task that lied ahead.

"It is a very important responsibility in the administration of the organisation. I must thank the delegates for having the confidence that I can make a contribution."

Baleke Mbete beat Thandi Modise for the position of chairperson.

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