More branches in N. Cape ANC support Cyril Ramaphosa

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With the African National Congress national elective conference now just weeks away, the majority of the branches in the Northern Cape have shown support for the CR17 campaign.

Less than 10 branches are still to convene their general meetings with a few disputes cited.

The ANC in the province says it is delighted that their branches followed through with their pronouncement to support Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

As the ANC elective conference nears, 147 Northern Cape branches have backed Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for the ANC presidency.

So far, only five branches in the province have nominated his closest contender, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Frances Baard, the biggest region in the Northern Cape, has announced that at least 42 out of its 45 branches are behind the CR17 campaign.

At its 8th elective conference, the province pronounced its support for the deputy president.

However, some structures of the youth and women’s league were following the mandate of their national leaders to support Dlamini-Zuma.

ANC Provincial Secretary, Deshi Ngxanga, says this reaffirms their commitment to following ANC principle.

“We are actually confident that we pronounced on the right name. The name we pronounced was Cyril Ramaphosa, but that name was informed by a bottom up process … branches at the national conference took a decision on which candidate we should support and that is why we, as the province, we gathered around the name of Ramaphosa. We even lobbied other provinces.”

The province hopes to influence other provinces to nominate their preferred candidate.