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Mangaung results set Twitter abuzz

Johannesburg - From the triumphant to the tongue-in-cheek to angry tirades, Twitter was abuzz with reactions to Zuma and his allies' appointments to the ANC's top six on Tuesday.

“Congratulations to all the newly elected office bearers of the ANC! COSATU commits to work with them to drive change,” Cosatu general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi tweeted.

'Twitter is the last of the Big Four to go public.'

Civil society activist Zackie Achmat appeared dismayed, writing: “Zuma re-election at Mangaung represents the victory of the corrupt business and public service faction with their tribalist counter-parts.”

Andrew Feinstein, a former ANC MP and author of a book critical of the party's involvement in the arms deal, seemed to feel the same.

“Zuma consolidates power w-in ANC. Victory 4 cont. of patronage, corruption & sub-standard gov. Sad. Up 2 all 2 demand honest accountable gov, (sic),” he tweeted.

Former ANC youth league spokesman Floyd Shivambu, who along with ousted leader Julius Malema had asked the conference to reinstate them into their positions, tweeted his determination not to rest in “the war for economic freedom in our lifetime”.

“We lost the battle, but the war is on until total victory,” he tweeted.

Others appeared to take a more laid-back approach. Veteran journalist Max du Preez told his followers: “As Zuma win was announced, I thought: Shaik, Gupta, phone tap tapes, Nkandla... & then I decided, what the hell, time for a dop”.

Political analyst Eusebius McKaiser took a light-hearted dig at newly-elected deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa's position as head of fast food restaurant McDonald's in South Africa, posting: “I doubt the losers will have McDonalds for lunch.”

Popular culture icon Evita Bezuidenhout expressed her delight.

“I'm glad Jacob Zuma has got his second term. He did nothing in his first term except get married, get married, get married... .”

Zuma has been married six times and currently has four wives.

Along with Zuma and Ramaphosa, Gwede Mantashe was voted in as secretary-general, Jessie Duarte as deputy secretary-general, Baleka Mbete as national chairperson, and Zweli Mkhize as treasurer-general. - Sapa

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