ANC Women's League divided over Ramaphosa and Dlamini

The National Conference, scheduled from December 16 to 20 in a town in the province of Gauteng yet to be specified, will elect the new leadership of the ANC, including the replacement of President Zuma.

However, the provincial leagues in Mpumalanga and Limpopo have differed with Northern Cape, endorsing Dlamini-Zuma in a "unanimous" nomination.

Speaking to HuffPost SA on Friday, Venter said the three outcomes are: a Cyril Ramaphosa victory, a unity candidate or compromise slate victory, or a win for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

In the Northern Cape, the secret ballot had to be used after both Dlamini-Zuma and Ramaphosa were nominated.

League provincial secretary Topys Vilaka, who is also on the National Executive Committee, told the publication that she was now forced to support Ramaphosa despite her earlier support for Dlamini-Zuma.

"Whether I like it or not, I have to go out and say this is the position of the Northern Cape..." I think I am okay because it was a democratic process.

"There was nothing we could do, as a PEC (Provincial Executive Council) it would have been unconstitutional to go into that meeting and say this is the position".

Mpumalanga's position is seen as an indication that Mabuza, who has been coy about who he will back between the two front runners, is likely to throw his weight behind Dlamini-Zuma. Motshekga lost to current ANCWL president Bathabile Dlamini and the two have been at odds in recent times.

The president of the South African Parliament, Baleka Mbete, exhorted those aspiring to the presidency of the African National Congress (ANC) to maintain their work within the organization if they fail and respect the decision of the next National Assembly in December.

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