Jacob Zuma (Picture: AP)
Paddy Harper, City Press
Mangaung – The voting for the ANC’s top six posts has not yet started but
supporters of President Jacob Zumaâ€™s bid for a second term are already
Delegates from Nelson Mandela Bay were partying on the road side,
glasses in hand, during the break that followed the nominations process
at the partyâ€™s Mangaung conference in Bloemfontein this afternoon.
Fold-up chairs and cooler boxes were arranged around their vehicles
while they danced and sang songs praising Zuma.
From their perspective, the top six election is a done deal.
“Kgalema is saying he wonâ€™t serve under Zuma,â€™â€™ said one delegate from the Raymond Mhlaba branch.
“Thatâ€™s why he withdrew as deputy. Zuma will win hands down. Tokyo [Sexwale] and [Mathews] Phosa have split their vote by both standing. Cyril [Ramaphosa] will take it easily.â€™
“Jessie [Duarte] is in as deputy already. Mbaks [Fikile Mbalula]
should have withdrawn. Gwede [Mantashe] is going to embarrass him.
same with Thandi [Modise] and [Paul] Mashatile. We are going to take all
top six posts. It’s clear,” he said.