The ruling African National Congress's Women’s League (ANCWL) has dumped presidential candidate Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma in favour of South African incumbent Cyril Ramaphosa who is running for a second term in December's elective conference, APA learnt on Tuesday.
The league’s national task team said it had decided to endorse Ramaphosa for a second term over Dlamini-Zuma, who is the Minister of Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, following a meeting of its structure to nominate preferred leaders ahead of the crucial December conference.
Ramaphosa won 52 votes, while Dlamini-Zuma got seven, with former Health Minister Zweli Mkhize receiving five votes, and one member abstaining from the voting exercise.
The ANCWL, which at the 2017 national conference had endorsed Dlamini-Zuma on the women’s card, changed tune this time -- and nominated Thandi Modise to front the candidacy for deputy president.
This is Modise’s first “provincial” nomination since league structures are counted as “provinces”. This means she will be on the ballot come conference, according to poll rules.
Modise scored 43 votes, while Paul Mashatile, who has so far emerged as favourite for the position in many provinces, managed 13 votes.
Transport minister Fikile Mbalula got the nod for secretary-general, making it two out of two for him in the ANCWL and ANC Youth League, the Women’s League said.
Mbalula led with 39 votes, followed far behind by Phumulo Masualle, who received 10 votes, whereas former KwaZulu-Natal provincial secretary Mdumiseni Ntuli got eight, it added.