Johannesburg - The ANC in Limpopo has overwhelmingly nominated Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to take over as ANC president at the party's elective conference later this month.
Ramaphosa received 391 nominations compared to his rival MP Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma who only obtained 104 nominations.
The province, which made the announcement at its provincial general council (PGC) on Monday, also nominated former KwaZulu-Natal premier Senzo Mchunu as general secretary, Gwede Mantashe as national chairperson, Cosatu deputy secretary general Zingiswa Losi as deputy secretary general and Paul Mashatile as treasurer general.
Limpopo is the fifth province to pick Ramaphosa after Gauteng, the Western Cape, Northern Cape and the Eastern Cape have also chosen him.
Dlamini-Zuma has been nominated by the Free State, North West and Mpumalanga - and her home province of KZN is expected to also nominate her.
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The KZN PGC was also expected to make an announcement on Monday.
The race to the party's conference continues to heat up as a number of provinces are still marred by court challenges. The Free State is expected to hold its provincial elective conference this week after it was halted by a court decision that found that 29 branch meetings in province were illegally held.
The province's PGC endorsement of Dlamini-Zuma may also be challenged in court by pro-Ramaphosa supporters.