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Ramaphosa allies form slim majority in top seven while Mashatile, Mokonyane balance the numbers

Ramaphosa allies form slim majority in top seven while Mashatile, Mokonyane balance the numbers
President Cyril Ramaphosa and newly-appointed deputy president Paul Mashatile embrace following the announcement of the top seven during the ANC's 55th national conference at Nasrec in Johannesburg, South Africa on 19 December 2022. (Photo: Leila Dougan)

Newly-elected ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa has officially dismantled his detractors with officials from the Renew22 camp.

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa and his supporters have managed to garner enough support to install his trusted lieutenants as officials — even if by a small margin. 

On Monday, he was elected alongside Gwede Mantashe as the national chair, Fikile Mbalula as the secretary-general, Maropene Ramokgopa as the second deputy secretary general and Gwen Ramokgopa as the treasurer. 

Ramaphosa had 579 more votes than his opponent. Mantashe only won by 44 votes, Mbalula by 102 votes, Ramokgopa had a margin of 425 and Ramokgopa only won by 157 votes.

Nomvula Mokonyane and Paul Mashatile who were voted in as first deputy secretary-general and deputy president respectively are the only officials who were not a part of Cyril’s camp. 

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KwaZulu-Natal has yet again been left in the cold as their candidate — former health minister, Zweli Mkhize — fell short of votes in his bid to be the president of the party. While the province has the largest number of members in the ANC, they have not been able to get a candidate voted in as an official. 

When looking at the geographical spread of the top seven, it is populated by leaders from Gauteng. 

The ANC’s new top seven leadership from left: second deputy-general Maropene Ramokgopa, first secretary-general Nomvula Mokonyane, secretary-general Fikile Mbalula, chairperson Gwede Mantashe, president Cyril Ramaphosa, deputy president Paul Mashatile and treasurer-general Gwen Ramokgopa. 19 December 2022. (Photo: Leila Dougan)

Renew22 deputy president candidate Oscar Mabuyane did not make the cut, nor did Stan Mathabatha who was vying to be the national chair. Phumulo Masualle and Tina Joemat-Pettersson were not voted in as secretary general and first deputy secretary general respectively. 

Ronalda Nalumango lost the position of second deputy secretary general, while Pule Mabe did not garner enough support to be the ANC’s treasurer general. DM


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  • Alley Cat says:

    Because they have the smallestnyama skeletons?? The best the ANC has to offer?? Let’s hope the ANC has FINALLY dug a big enough hole for themselves by voting in these tainted clowns and that they reap their just rewards in 2024. Fikile DOEN FKALL Mbalulu REALLY? Gwede doen less Mantashe REALLY REALLY??
    If it wasn’t so bad for our future as a country it would be funny!!

  • Jeffrey O'Malley says:

    Please fix your software to stop displaying social media icons on the side of the screen. It has become very difficult to read an article

  • Eberhard Knapp says:

    Too bad Lamola was left out – but good to now that Mashatile comes in! Instead of Mabuyane!
    Now CR has 5 years to “fix” the ANC (although I’m doubtful that that will be possible.. :-(. )

    • Alley Cat says:

      Agree about Lamola, seems to be one of the few with no allegations of corruption against him, maybe why he lost out? But the other 2?? Both have been fingered in allegations of corruption Mashatile never explained where the LARGE sums of money for the Alexandra renewal project disappeared to and Mabuyane by the PP who alleges his involvement in Winnie’s memorial funds going missing.
      But as I say, best of a bad bunch?

  • John Counihan says:

    If Zondo gets any teeth, Mokonyane won’t be there for long. Would be good riddance as another RET fiend goes to the wall to continue to cleanse our country.

  • Katharine Ambrose says:

    Not exactly a star quality bunch. The bottom of the barrel but better than the RET flotsam. They are now free to plot and fume and have their days in court. Either way they need watching.

  • Peter Lor says:

    Now, Cyrillic, Thane of Glamis is the time to screw your courage to the sticking place and do something!

  • Riel Meynhardt says:

    Mr Fix F-all should easily be able to manage them into oblivion by 2024. Let’s hold thumbs

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