The country’s most powerful province, Gauteng, delivered Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe his first official provincial nomination for ANC president early Friday morning. But as the results emerged, it has now become increasingly clear that prospect of Motlanthe beating President Jacob Zuma in Mangaung is unlikely. The battle now shifts elsewhere: who will be Zuma’s successor? Is Cyril Ramaphosa about to make an epic return to active politics or will the ANC reward Kgalema Motlanthe for his discipline and patience? By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.