North West ANC Chairperson Supra Mahumapelo says attempts are currently underway to prevent the contesting of the outcome of the party’s 54th National Elective Conference.

He says provincial chairpersons and presidents of the party’s leagues have been mandated to consult with the front-runners for the position of ANC President Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and MP Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

Mahumapelo says they have already met with Dlamini-Zuma, who seems to be in agreement.

“As chairpersons of provinces and presidents of the leagues of the ANC, we were mandated to meet with both candidates, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. So, these meetings are still taking place. We met with Dr Dlamini-Zuma on Friday and she said ‘if members of the ANC agree on a particular position and that helps the unity of the organisation I, as Nkosazana-Zuma, I will abide by any decision.’”

Mahumapelo says they intend to engage Ramaphosa later on Saturday.

“We are now going to meet with comrade Cyril Ramaphosa. It might be today late afternoon. We want to achieve an uncontested outcome of the officials and we are going to work on it just before the voting – a possible uncontested outcome. We are going to look at the possibility of making a combination but if the uncontested outcome does not work we must agree on how we must have a dignified contestation.”