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Ramaphosa leads in nominations for ANC leader - poll

Hundreds of ANC branches across South Africa are nominating their choice for party president and other senior positions ahead of a December conference where about 5,000 delegates sent by the branches will cast their votes.

FILE: ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Louise McAuliffe/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has taken a lead in party nominations for the next leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), securing the support of 65% of branches tallied so far, a poll showed.

Hundreds of ANC branches across South Africa are nominating their choice for party president and other senior positions ahead of a December conference where about 5,000 delegates sent by the branches will cast their votes.

The ANC’s next leader will probably become president of the country at a national election in 2019 given the party’s electoral dominance.

Early indications are that party members are split between Ramaphosa, a former union leader and one of the country’s richest people, and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a former minister and ex-wife of President Jacob Zuma, for the party’s top job.

The poll by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) found that Dlamini-Zuma had secured 30% of nominations and that ANC Treasurer-General Zweli Mkhize received most of the remaining 5% of nominations.

The IRR said its data suggested 74% of ANC branches had made nominations and cautioned that it had not been able to corroborate its findings.

The ANC does not make the nomination tallies public.

A Ramaphosa win in December has tended to be viewed as the more positive outcome by investors, some of whom have been spooked by Dlamini-Zuma’s campaign message of radical wealth redistribution.

Nominations do not necessarily translate into votes at the ANC’s elective conference because delegates could vote for a different candidate than the one nominated by their branch.

Dlamini-Zuma’s campaign says that many branches sympathetic to her are yet to submit their nominations, which could reduce Ramaphosa’s lead or swing the outcome in December in her favour. Dlamini-Zuma is backed by the ANC’s women’s and youth leagues, which also vote in December.