South Africa's Ramaphosa gets most nominations ahead of ANC leadership vote

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Former ANC National Executive Committee member Mathews Phosa chats to Journalist Melanie Verwoerd during a sit-down interview.

Reuters compiled the number of nominations for each candidate based on voting data released by provincial ANC structures.

Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma received 123 nominations while her rival Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa clinched 117.

"We have videos of people saying to delegates that they must vote for unity".

The election has divided the 105-year-old ANC like never before and pitted Ramaphosa and party veterans against Zuma, who's been mired in allegations that he allowed members of the Gupta family, his son's business partners, to influence cabinet appointments and the awarding of state contracts.

He says he will not tolerate corruption.

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The province is yet to name its dark horse candidate.

But the province also saw a high number of abstentions: 56 for the position of president, 67 for the position of deputy president, 71 for national chairperson, 72 for the position of secretary general, 81 for the position of deputy secretary general and 76 for the position of treasurer.

"We must put the unity of the organisation first".

What it all means is that the ANC has been falling apart since Zuma became leader.

"There will be no vote for unity because there will be no unity on the ballot box".

In what is expected to be a bruising battle for the top six positions of the party, Mantashe acknowledged that horse-trading between delegates supporting the respective candidates could be a reality, and that it would not be frowned upon by the party and might have to be welcomed.

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