ANC presidential hopefuls Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. File picture: Simphiwe Mbokazi/ANA
Durban - The ANC in Mpumalanga is continuing to sit on the fence, insisting its “unity” votes could go to either presidential candidate as the decision now lies solely with the delegates.

This follows recent reports that provincial chairman and Premier David Mabuza had instructed the 223 “unity” votes in Mpumalanga to be earmarked for Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma for the party presidency.

“Insiders” from Cyril Ramaphosa’s camp insist the votes will go their way.

Mpumalanga ANC spokesperson Sasekani Manzini said it was up to the delegates to decide.

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“As it stands, it can go either way,” Manzini said.

Mpumalanga’s Provincial General Council officially nominated former AU Commission chairperson Dlamini Zuma to be the next leader of the ANC.

But the majority of delegates spoilt their papers by writing “unity” next to their top six delegates.

Although Ramaphosa is leading the nominations for the ANC presidency, his sizeable lead could be significantly reduced should the “unity” votes and the ANC Women’s and Youth leagues’ votes go to Dlamini Zuma.

Political Bureau