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Zuma calls for united ANC

Re-elected ANC president Jacob Zuma urged delegates in Mangaung to show a united front.

The ANC's Top Six: Zweli Mkhize, Cyril Ramaphosa, Jacob Zuma, Baleka Mbete, Gwede Mantashe and Jessie Duarte after their election into the 6 top positions in the ANC at the 53rd National Conference held at the University of Free State in Mangaung. Picture: ANC.

MANGAUNG - Re-elected ANC president Jacob Zuma has called for unity in the party after his landslide victory at the Mangaung elective conference.

He beat Kgalema Motlanthe to retain his position in the ruling party.

Zuma addressed delegates in the main plenary shortly after the results were announced.

His tone was reconciliatory as he advocated a united ANC.

"If you are electing a leadership in this conference then it must lead to a united organisation, not a divided one."

There was jubilation in the main plenary tent as electoral officers Dren Nupen and Bonhle Mphakanya released the results.

Meanwhile, Motlanthe said he was not disappointed and praised the ANC for making a democratic decision.

"I congratulate the branches in electing the leadership for the ANC," he said.

NEW ANC TOP SIX

Zuma convincingly won the vote with 2982 votes, compared to Motlanthe's 991.

Cyril Ramaphosa emerged victorious in the fight for the position of deputy president with 3018 votes, compared to Mathews Phosa's 417 votes.

Tokyo Sexwale received 463 votes.

Gwede Mantashe retained his powerful post of secretary general, beating Fikile Mbalula.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize beat his Gauteng counterpart Paul Mashatile for the post of treasurer general.

Mashatile received 961 votes while Mkhize received 2988 votes.

Jessie Duarte was the only candidate who was elected unopposed, making her the new deputy secretary general.

Baleka Mbete also retained her position as National Chairperson after receiving 3010 votes while her opponent, North West Premier Thandi Modise received 939 votes.