Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe stunned the 53rd ANC national conference on Monday by declining nomination for the position of deputy president, effectively writing himself out of contention for the top six. Motlanthe is still contesting President Jacob Zuma for the position of president but is likely to be defeated resoundingly. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY/NewsFire.
Businessman Cyril Ramaphosa is set for a dramatic return to active politics by being the most popular candidate for the position of deputy president. Tokyo Sexwale and Mathews Phosa are running against him.
Photo: Baleka Mbete, Jessie Duarte, Kgalema Motlanthe and Jacob Zuma during the dramatic nominations session (Greg Marinovich/NewsFire).
ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe looks set to retain his position, as the only other candidate for his role, Fikile Mbalula, is unlikely to pose a strong challenge.
Photo: Human settlements minister Tokyo Sexwale now in the running for the position of ANC deputy president. Winnie Mandela is in the background (Greg Marinovich/NewsFire).
ANC national executive committee member Jessie Duarte is the only candidate for deputy secretary general.
Current national chairperson Baleka Mbete is favourite to retain her position against current deputy secretary general Thandi Modise.
KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairman Zweli Mkhize will run against Paul Mashatile for the position of national treasurer (Greg Marinovich/NewsFire).
KwaZulu-Natal premier and ANC chairman Zweli Mkhize is the favourite for the position of treasurer. He is running against his Gauteng ANC counterpart Paul Mashatile. Sexwale declined nomination for this position. DM
Photo: Gwede Mantashe, Cyril Ramaphosa and Paul Mashatile are all in the running for top positions in the ANC (Photo: Greg Nicolson)
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