The African National Congress (ANC) is set to elect President Jacob Zuma’s successor in December during the party’s 54th National Conference.
With the race for presidency of the ANC shaping up to be a tight two-horse race between Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and former African Union Commission head Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, we take a look at how the first ANC National Conference in 1991 shaped out.
In July 1991, the ANC held its first National Conference within the borders of South Africa. The Conference was held just over a year after the ANC got unbanned. The organization had been operating in exile and underground for 30 years, from 1959-1990.
The conference which was held in Durban from 2nd -6th July, was attended by almost 3000 delegates and some 500 international guests, and debated a number of issues facing the country and the organisation’s role in determining its future; during the conference the following the chosen to be the top office bearers.
President: Nelson Mandela,
Deputy President: Walter Sisulu,
National Chairperson: Oliver Tambo,
Secretary General: Cyril Ramaphosa,
Deputy Secretary General: Jacob Zuma.
Ramaphosa and Dlamini-Zuma are currently in a tight race for presidency, while other presidential contenders, including Mathews Phosa, Jeff Radebe, Lindiwe Sisulu, Baleka Mbete and Zweli Mkhize, are all competing for a distant third.
In a rally which was held in Sekhukhuneland, Limpopo, Ramaphosa upped his pace and announced the ideal candidates for his “winning” team. He chose:
Deputy President: Naledi Pandor,
Secretary General: Senzo Mchunu,
National Chairperson: Gwede Mantashe,
Treasurer General: Paul Mashatile.
Dlamini is yet to announce her ideal candidates; however the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) has made suggestions of who they want to be part of the top six when Dlamini-Zuma is the ANC president. They chose:
Deputy President: Didi Mabuza,
Secretary General: Ace Magashule,
National Chairperson: Nathi Mthethwa,
Treasurer General: Maite Nkoane-Mashabane.
At the moment the two provinces, KwaZulu-Natal and Limpopo are contrasting fortunes for Ramaphosa and Dlamini-Zuma, however it is still unclear of who will win the ANC presidency.
The winner will be known after the Conference which will be held in Gauteng from 16th-20th December 2017.