Courts in two South African provinces on Friday dealt blows to the chances of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma of succeeding her ex-husband, Jacob Zuma, as head of the ruling party this weekend and national president in 2019. In the town of Mahikeng in the North West province the court disqualified branches representing 50 delegates from attending the African National Congress electoral conference that starts Saturday.
The contest is likely to be tightly fought. Ramaphosa received the backing of 1,860 branches nationwide ahead of the conference Dlamini-Zuma was supported by 1,330. The delegates, who account for 90 percent of the ballot, aren’t bound to vote the way their branches have indicated. The rest come from provincial and national party leadership as well as women’s, veterans and youth leagues.
Ramaphosa was nominated for the presidency of the ANC by 1 862 branches, while 1 309 backed his main rival Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, tallies released by the party’s nine provincial structures and collated by Bloomberg show. The branches will account for 90% of the 5 240 voting delegates at the ANC’s national elective conference that’s due to start on December 16, while the rest will come from the party’s leadership structures and youth, women and military veterans leagues.
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