The discipline shown by the Eastern Cape delegates to the ANC’s 54th national elective congress at Nasrec convinced delegates from other provinces to support Cyril Ramaphosa.
ANC provincial secretary Lulama Ngcukaitobi said the provincial delegation was able to marshal other provinces, even those seen as hostile against the newly-elected ANC president, Ramaphosa, to vote for him.
He said the provincial delegation was happy with the outcome of the elections, including having Mpumalanga provincial chairman David Mabuza elected to ANC deputy president.
Asked if he felt they had sold out the mandate by backing Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu as deputy president, Ngcukaitobi said: “Not at all. In the end we had to negotiate with other provinces and we managed to get what we want. The delegates are proud.
“We wanted Zweli Mkhize as the deputy president but we were convinced to go with Sisulu. But as a democratic movement, we were open to discussion with other provinces.” He said the ANC in the province received congratulatory messages from traditional leaders, the business fraternity and labour. “They are looking forward to the Cyril Ramaphosa presidency in so much that they have asked to be invited to the January 8 event in East London,” Ngcukaitobi said.
Ramaphosa will be celebrating the ANC’s birthday and delivering the annual January 8 statement in the city. — firstname.lastname@example.org