THE ANC in Limpopo is confident that its branches will conclude the nomination process business this weekend as the province prepares next weekend’s provincial general council.

The provincial general council will be the last before the party’s national elective conference next month.

The party said yesterday about 80 percent of its branches had already nominated their preferred candidates for the party’s top six leadership positions they want elected in Mangaung.

Party provincial spokesman Makonde Mathivha said:

“We should be able to complete this week and concentrate on the provincial general council on Wednesday at the Ranch (a hotel in Polokwane).”

The province is going to conference with the branches divided over presidential candidates, with some lobbying for President Jacob Zuma to retain his post, while others want his deputy, Kgalema Motlanthe, to lead the ANC.

Zuma is set to face-off with Motlanthe for the post he has occupied since unseating Thabo Mbeki in 2007 at the University of Limpopo.

The candidates’ backers are faced with about 537 branch delegates to the conference to convince to vote for either Zuma or Motlanthe.

However, the nomination has become violent with members reportedly pelting each other with stones, and in some instances beating each other up.

The SA Communist Party in the province claimed that money was being used to buy delegates, saying in some instances food parcels were used to buy votes. Mathivha said the party had instructed branch leaders to take action on unruly members.

“There are disputes, and there is a committee dealing with that and we have asked respective branches to institute action, but they should consult with province leaders,” Mathivha said.

The ANC Youth League and the ANC Women’s league have already endorsed Motlanthe, saying they want him to take over from Zuma.

Zuma has become unpopular in the province to an extent that leaders, mainly youth league leaders, call him names.

The whole saga started when Malema was charged and fired by Zuma, an event followed by five provincial departments being placed under administration in terms of section 100(1)b of the constitution.