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Battle lines drawn between CR17 and NDZ campaigns in Limpopo

By Katekani Makhubele

This week was an interesting one in the political space, particularly the ANC. The battle lines between Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma are drawn, with other Presidential hopefuls receiving little support if any from branches in Limpopo.
If statistics in Pride News records are anything to go by, it is now clear that the battle is between NDZ (Dlamini-Zuma) and CR17 (Ramaphosa) campaigns.

Pride News has reliably learned that, of the nomination branch general meetings
(BGM) that have taken place in the province so far, Ramaphosa has been endorsed by 225 branches, from 34 branches. According to our source, Ramaphosa received the most nominations from Sekhukhune and Vhembe with 84 and 71 branches endorsing him respectively.

Dlamini-Zuma’s strong base appears to be Mopani where she has received the most nominations from 21 branches while branches in Waterberg are yet to commence with their nomination BGMs.
Drawing from the statistics, Limpopo will be shared by the two hopefuls, with Ramaphosa’s lobbyists being more confident in the Province. Many of the ANCYL National and Provincial
leaders who are publicly pronouncing NDZ in Limpopo have lost their branches, what will be interesting is how these leaders will convince other branches after failing to convince their own branches.

Provincial ANCYL Secretary, David ‘Che’ Selane is among key campaigners for Dlamini-Zuma in Limpopo. While Public Service and Administration Minister, Faith Muthambi was also another casualty who lost her branch.

Selane has told Pride News that losing his branch does not mean the end of the NDZ cam- paign in Limpopo, “The crux of the matter is that NDZ is still very much ‘alive’ in the province, we’re still strong, we are not going to be deterred because one youth league leader lost his branch.”

Earlier this week, new Trans- port MEC in Limpopo Makoma Makhurupetje publicly declared on radio station Capricorn FM that she is supporting the NDZ campaign but rubbished reports that her recent removal from the cooperative governance portfolio by Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha, a supporter of Ramaphosa, was a political move meant to tame her influence over traditional leaders who play a keyrole in ANC politics and directing constituencies.

Qualifying branches will continue nominating their preferred leaders as the party gears up for its much-awaited December elective conference. Provincial Executive Committee spokesperson Khumbudzo Ntshavheni says BGMs proceeded smoothly with no incidents over the past weekend and outstanding branches will continue with nomi- nations this weekend.

Ramaphosa is also expected to be in the province this weekend to address two ‘send-off’ rallies at Malamulele and Tafelkop stadiums on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

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