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Cape Town - It’s official: Marius Fransman will take on Helen Zille in the race for Western Cape premier next year.
The ANC provincial chairman, Fransman, gave his strongest indication yet that he will not serve as a national deputy minister again but instead run for the Western Cape provincial legislature in next year’s elections. Fransman is the deputy minister for international relations and co-operation.
“My position is very clear, I’m the chairperson of the ANC in the Western Cape, there mustn’t be any tata-ma-chance et cetera. I need to stand for the provincial (legislature),” he said outside the ANC provincial list conference held in Langa on Sunday.
Fransman said he wasn’t available for any other candidate list, including that for Parliament.
The Cape Times reported last week that Fransman made it to the top of the ANC’s final nomination list for candidates for the provincial legislature. He received nominations to be number one on the party’s provincial lists from at least 140 of 168 branches.
Fransman also made it to the other lists for the national assembly and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP). Fransman said it was important for the ANC leader to be in the province, but said he may miss being involved with diplomatic negotiations like his mediation in Madagascar and his trip to Malawi last week.
Asked if it was not a gamble for him to run as premier candidate and run the risk of ending up as opposition leader in a provincial legislature instead of a national minister, he replied with a smile: “No and yes, but you know I’m a man who likes to gamble.”
Fransman was not on the ANC’s provincial list five years ago but number four on the province to national list (regional list) for the party. Mcebisi Skwatsha topped the ANC provincial list in the 2009 elections.
President Jacob Zuma got the most nominations to head the ANC candidates list for Parliament. Deputy Human Settlements Minister Zou Kota-Fredericks garnered the most support for the province to national list, for the NCOP.
ANC provincial secretary Songezo Mjongile said 252 delegates from 126 branches branches were allowed to vote on Sunday, while 50 from the party’s regional and provincial leaders, women’s and youth leagues and alliance partners were also voters.
Delegates had to vote for 42 candidates for the provincial legislature list, 20 for the NCOP and rank the 186 names for Parliament.
Altogether 42 out of 168 branches who successfully held meetings before deadline were not allowed to participate in the conference on Sunday after an audit, signed off by ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, found signatures were forged during their meetings.
This followed an audit in July that found only 198 out of over 300 branches in the Western Cape were in good standing and had 100 members or more to participate in the list process. The ANC’s provincial list committee is expected to meet this week to discuss the results of Sunday’s voting.
The committee must ensure there is gender parity, 60 percent of candidates previously served as MPLs and MPs and 30 percent have special skills.