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ANC Mangaung conference latest news Day 3

Times LIVE | 18 December, 2012 05:550 Comments

Here is the latest news on ANC's conference taking place in Mangaung.

Mixed reaction to Zuma's re-election Sapa

A blend of happiness and cynicism greeted Jacob Zuma's re-election as ANC president at the party's national conference in Mangaung on Tuesday.

Brand SA, which was previously known as the International Marketing Council of SA, said Zuma's re-election boded well for the country's future.

"It creates a better sense of certainty and continuity," said chairwoman Chichi Maponya in a statement.

While Zuma retained his position as ANC president, businessman Cyril Ramaphosa scooped the second top seat as his deputy. Gwede Mantashe retained his post as secretary-general, and Jessie Duarte was voted deputy secretary-general. Baleka Mbete remained in the national chairperson post, while Zweli Mkhize was elected treasurer-general.

"It is also pleasing to see... Ramaphosa, who as Zuma’s deputy will help solidify the ANC presidency and improve investor and local business confidence."

Maponya was pleased that the conference was largely peaceful and orderly, and believed this was a sign of a maturing democracy.

The ANC Youth League congratulated the new office bearers and thanked delegates for voting in "a disciplined and committed manner".

It called for "radical policies" from the conference, saying young people were tired of promises.

The Eastern Cape ANC branch was happy that members it had nominated provincially had made it onto the national top six.

"The focus now is to ensure that the Eastern Cape has a strong representation in the national executive committee..."

Business Unity SA welcomed the return of old office-bearers, and the introduction of new faces.

"We singularly embrace the mix of continuity and introduction of new and fresh leadership, which we hope will underscore the injection of new ideas as well as the continuance of existing country programs."

The organisation called on the new leaders to make speedy progress in improving investment confidence, fighting corruption and helping the poor and jobless.

"The time is now to get down to work, rebuild and reclaim lost ground as a matter of urgency," it said.

Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille said the election results would hasten the disintegration and collapse of the ruling party.

"Many ANC members and many more ANC voters are feeling alienated by today's decision in Mangaung."

She believed it was a sad day for South Africa because Zuma's re-election sent out a message that the African National Congress was a movement that put "powerful people" above the law.

Zille was referring to Zuma's previous legal battle against corruption allegations, resulting from the fraud conviction of his former financial advisor Schabir Shaik.

In April 2009, the National Prosecuting Authority dropped the charges against Zuma, just months before he was elected to the country's top post.

The Freedom Front Plus said if the top six failed to overcome apparent divisions in the party, the election would mark the beginning of the end for the ANC.

"The brutality of the past couple of month's leadership struggle in the ANC has left huge political wounds and illustrated the huge division within the ANC," FFPlus leader Pieter Mulder said in a statement.

Motlanthe's failure to win the top seat meant the ANC had "in a very cruel manner... sent him into the political wilderness", said Mulder.

In Mangaung, Zuma supporters sang struggle songs and waved posters after the results were announced.

While messages of support were delivered in the main marquee, Zuma's supporters continued to celebrate outside.

"We are happy that he retained his position. There were people who were snakes in the leadership and went about saying things against the leadership of the ANC," said Sipho Nkosi of Ophongolo, in KwaZulu-Natal.

Jessica Ramoroko, 35, of Moretele in North West, was also ecstatic. She said Zuma understood the needs of the people and was humble.

"I'm so happy," she said.

Mixed reaction to NEC nominees Sapa

Loud clapping and sporadic booing accompanied the announcement of ANC national executive committee nominees in Mangaung on Tuesday.

Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, former ANCYL treasurer Pule Mabe, Young Communist League secretary Buti Manamela's names received the loudest cheers as their names were read out by the party's electoral commission.

Former Gauteng local government MEC Humprey Mmemezi, who was fired for misusing a state-issued credit card, also got cheers.

National Youth Development Agency chairman Andile Lungisa and Limpopo premier Cassel Mathale were booed by delegates when their names were announced.

The conference was due to elect the NEC members.

ANC nominates 295 NEC members Sapa

A total of 295 people were nominated for the ANC's national executive committee on Tuesday at the party's national conference in Mangaung.

Included on the list is former police commissioner Bheki Cele, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane, and AU commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Those who lost out in the race for the top six positions of the African National Congress' top six were also nominated.

These included Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula, former treasurer general Mathews Phosa, former deputy secretary-general Thandi Modise and Gauteng ANC chair Paul Mashatile.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe declined.

Also on the list were Gauteng education MEC Barbara Creecy, Frank Chikane, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies, Public Enterprise Minister Malusi Gigaba, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom, and Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Petterson.

Motlanthe confident in new ANC leadership Sapa

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Tuesday he was confident the newly elected ANC top officials were capable of leading the party.

"I have full confidence in our leaders that indeed they will out-do themselves in leading us to undo these challenges [of poverty, unemployment and inequality]," he told delegates at the ANC's national conference in Mangaung.

"The leadership were elected by the entire membership of the ANC. We are doing our work [as the ANC], under the watch and guidance of a very capable leadership we have just elected."

President Jacob Zuma was re-elected as party leader earlier on Tuesday afternoon. He was challenged by Motlanthe.

Motlanthe's previous position as deputy president was filled by Cyril Ramaphosa.

Motlanthe said he wanted to thank the newly elected leadership.

"I want to thank the president for letting me speak after he had spoken [after being re-elected]," he said.

"Protocol does not allow that, and I feel very grateful."

He said he still believed in the integrity of the ANC.

"One thing needs to be said and I want to say it with all the conviction of its truth," Motlanthe said.

"The African National Congress is the epitome of democracy. We must continue to campaign for democracy in our country and the world over."

He said the ANC must "continue to sharpen its ability to hear the cries of our people".

Motlanthe was given a standing ovation by the delegates as he took to the podium to speak.

Motlanthe declines NEC nomination Sapa

Kgalema Motlanthe has declined nomination for the ANC's national executive committee (NEC).

This was announced by the electoral commission during the nomination for NEC members at the national elective conference in Mangaung.

ANC to nominate NEC candidates Sapa

ANC delegates at the national elective conference in Mangaung in the Free State will nominate candidates for the party's national executive committee on Tuesday.

The names of the African National Congress members nominated for NEC positions would be announced by the electoral commission in a plenary session.

Nominees would then be given the opportunity to withdraw their candidacy, if they so wished. Delegates would also be able to nominate candidates from the floor. This had to be supported by 25 percent of those at the conference.

Once the names had been finalised delegates would start voting.

Former ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe had accepted nomination for an NEC position.

He lost out to President Jacob Zuma earlier on Tuesday for the position of party president.

Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel, and Jeremy Cronin all declined nomination.

On Monday, Andrew Mlangeni of the electoral commission said delegates would only be allowed to vote for 80 NEC members.

The 80 who received the most votes would be the newly elected NEC members. Half of them had to be women.

A delegate's ballot would not be counted if they voted for more than 80 people. Mlangeni said if there was a tie for the last NEC position, the candidate would be drawn from a hat.

Calls for action after top six results Sapa

The ANC Youth League and Eastern Cape branch on Tuesday congratulated the ANC's newly-elected leaders.

The Freedom Front Plus cautioned the new top six that if they did not manage to overcome apparent divisions in the party, the election would mark the beginning of the end for the ANC.

"The brutality of the past couple of month's leadership struggle in the ANC has left huge political wounds and illustrated the huge division within the ANC," party leader Pieter Mulder said in a statement.

Mulder said Motlanthe not being elected president meant the ANC had "in a very cruel manner... sent him into the political wilderness".

The ANC Youth League congratulated the new office bearers and thanked delegates for voting in "a disciplined and committed manner".

The league expressed gratitude to outgoing deputy party president Kgalema Motlanthe and others who made themselves available to serve the African National Congress and the people of South Africa.

The league called for "radical policies" from the national conference underway in Mangaung.

"The young people of South Africa are tired of promises."

The Eastern Cape ANC branch said it was happy the people it had nominated at its provincial conference had been elected to the top six.

"The focus now is to ensure that the Eastern Cape has a strong representation in the NEC, as additional members are being elected today."

On Tuesday, Zuma was awarded a second term as party president at the party's national conference in Mangaung.

Cyril Ramaphosa was voted in as the new deputy president; a position from which Motlanthe withdrew his nomination. Gwede Mantashe was voted in as secretary-general, Jessie Duarte as deputy secretary-general, Baleka Mbete as national chairperson, and Zweli Mkhize as treasurer-general.

Zuma appeals for unity, celebrates in song Sapa

Newly re-elected president of the ANC Jacob Zuma on Tuesday appealed to delegates to strive for unity in the ruling party.

"Once ANC elections take place, we are all [bound] by the outcomes. Let us not say things that would make other comrades uncomfortable. Let's handle one another as fellow comrades."

Zuma delivered an unprepared impromptu speech just before the lunch-break.

He said the party was proud of its culture of contestation.

"If the country has to learn something from the ANC, it is the democratic nature of the party."

Zuma ended his speech by breaking into a struggle song, which led to the eruption of loud singing in the plenary tent.

"Somlandela...somlandel 'uLuthuli... (We will... We will follow Luthuli)".

Those who had already left the tent for lunch rushed back in and joined Zuma in the singing.

Excitement over Zuma’s re-election Sapa

Victorious supporters of President Jacob Zuma sang struggle songs and waved posters after he was re-elected as ANC president on Tuesday.

While messages of support were delivered in the main marquee, Zuma supporters continued to celebrate outside.

"We are happy that he retained his position. We are also glad that the NEC went according to our will. There were people who were snakes in the leadership and went about saying things against the leadership of the ANC," said Sipho Nkosi of Ophongolo, in KwaZulu-Natal.

"It was the media that portrayed [Kgalema] Motlanthe as a formidable force. We, the members knew that he would not win," Nkosi added.

He said his province had voted for Zuma because he had delivered according to the mandate he received when he was elected president in the 2007 Polokwane conference.

Jessica Ramoroko, 35, of Moretele in North West was also ecstatic.

"I’m so happy. Zuma was the first president since 1994, who came to our rural area. He understands the needs of the people and is a humble man," she said.

Sombu Ngwenya, 50, of Ekurhuleni could barely contain her excitement.

"He [Zuma] persevered during hard times when [Julius] Malema was insulting him left and right. He never grew hatred against him.

"He has delivered according to the Polokwane mandate so we want him to continue," said Ngwenya.

Thulani Mavimbela, 36, also of KwaZulu-Natal, said they chose Zuma because of his humility.

"He is the man of the people. He is not pompous," he said.

Another woman who did not want to be named only said: "We beat them 6-0." ANC national executive committee member Tony Yengeni said: "These elections were just democracy at play."

Overwhelming support for Zuma and allies  Sapa

It was an overwhelming victory for President Jacob Zuma, his allies and supporters on Tuesday as he secured a second term as the ANC's leader.

Zuma won the presidency with 2983 votes to his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe, who received 991 votes at the party's national elective conference.

Delegates in the plenary marquee erupted in cheers before the electoral commission could finish announcing Zuma's win.

Most of the delegates chanted "Zuma, Zuma, Zuma".

They waved African National Congress flags, blew vuvuzelas and shouted "Phinda Msholozi" (do it again, Msholozi).

Zuma took his place on the stage smiling and shaking hands with people around him.

The hotly contested position of ANC deputy president was won by businessman Cyril Ramaphosa with an overwhelming 3018 votes.

Gwede Mantashe retained his position as secretary-general with 3058 votes to his opponent Fikile Mbalula's 901.

Mantashe and Ramaphosa shared a hug, congratulating each other.

Former presidency spokeswoman Jessie Duarte was elected unopposed as Mantashe's deputy.

The final top six position of treasurer general went to KwaZulu-Natal chairman Zweli Mkhize.

The newly elected officials had all appeared on the so-called "Zuma slate".

During the lunch time break supporters stood outside the marquee and celebrated by singing songs in support of their leaders.

Mashatile not concerned about future after Mangaung Sapa

Gauteng ANC chairman Paul Mashatile said he was not concerned that the province's campaign to replace President Jacob Zuma would negatively impact on his future in the party.

"It is not that our campaign went wrong. The delegates decided, and we can't take away their rights to do so," he said on the sidelines of the conference.

Zuma was re-elected as ANC president on Tuesday.

Mashatile unsuccessfully ran for the position of treasurer-general, and the majority of Gauteng delegates had pushed for deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe to take over from Zuma.

Mashatile holds office as the minister of arts and culture.

"If the president decides to deploy me or not to deploy me, that is his choice," Mashatile said.

"The new leadership will not see it [the campaign] in such a way, where they will make decisions based on it."

During the nomination process, when election officials asked if anyone wanted to withdraw their candidature for treasurer-general, Mashatile got up and was about to speak, but sat down after Tokyo Sexwale announced his withdrawal.

"I was going to ask if comrade Tokyo was going to withdraw, because he had accepted [a nomination] for deputy president, but he did so before I could ask," Mashatile said.

He said both of them had received the same support from delegates.

ANC results sets Twitter abuzz Sapa

From the triumphant to the tongue-in-cheek to angry tirades, Twitter was abuzz with reactions to Zuma and his allies' appointments to the ANC's top six on Tuesday.

"Congratulations to all the newly elected office bearers of the ANC! COSATU commits to work with them to drive change," Cosatu general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi tweeted.

Civil society activist Zackie Achmat appeared dismayed, writing: "Zuma re-election at Mangaung represents the victory of the corrupt business and public service faction with their tribalist counter-parts."

Andrew Feinstein, a former ANC MP and author of a book critical of the party's involvement in the arms deal, seemed to feel the same.

"Zuma consolidates power w-in ANC. Victory 4 cont. of patronage, corruption & sub-standard gov. Sad. Up 2 all 2 demand honest accountable gov, [sic]," he tweeted.

Former ANC youth league spokesman Floyd Shivambu, who along with ousted leader Julius Malema had asked the conference to reinstate them into their positions, tweeted his determination not to rest in "the war for economic freedom in our lifetime".

"We lost the battle, but the war is on until total victory," he tweeted.

Others appeared to take a more laid-back approach. Veteran journalist Max du Preez told his followers: "As Zuma win was announced, I thought: Shaik, Gupta, phone tap tapes, Nkandla... & then I decided, what the hell, time for a dop".

Political analyst Eusebius McKaiser took a light-hearted dig at newly-elected deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa's position as head of fast food restaurant McDonald's in South Africa, posting: "I doubt the losers will have McDonalds for lunch."

Popular culture icon Evita Bezuidenhout expressed her delight.

"I'm glad Jacob Zuma has got his second term. He did nothing in his first term except get married, get married, get married... ."

Zuma has been married six times and currently has four wives.

Along with Zuma and Ramaphosa, Gwede Mantashe was voted in as secretary-general, Jessie Duarte as deputy secretary-general, Baleka Mbete as national chairperson, and Zweli Mkhize as treasurer-general.

Preserve liberation ties: Frelimo Sapa

The ANC and all liberation movements on the continent should work on preserving their liberation ties, Mozambican ruling party Frelimo said on Tuesday.

"We have a duty to preserve the record and ties of the liberation movement across the continent. That is very important," Ida Libongo said at the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung.

Libongo was delivering her party's message of support after the announcement of the ANC's leadership election results.

She praised the ANC for leading the liberation movement on the continent.

ANC, Zanu-PF comrades-in-arms Sapa

The ANC and Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party were comrades-in-arms, Zanu-PF chairman Simon Khaya Moyo said at the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung on Tuesday.

"We have a common liberation history and culture. We are one," he said delivering his party's message of support after the announcement of the ANC's leadership election results.

He congratulated the party's newly-elected top six leaders.

The ANC and Zanu-PF had an "impeccable" record of liberation.

"The two parties successfully led the demolition of apartheid in both Zimbabwe and South Africa," he said.

ANC slate voting triumphs Sapa

ANC voters seemed to stick closely to their slates in appointing the party's new Zuma-aligned national executive committee in Mangaung on Tuesday.

Singing and dancing greeted the announcements of the voting results that saw Jacob Zuma re-elected party president and Cyril Ramaphosa brought in to replace Kgalema Motlanthe as deputy president.

National executive committee candidates identified with supporting Zuma were elected with convincing margins.

A total of 3977 delegates voted. Zuma defeated Motlanthe with 2983 votes to 991.

As the announcement was made, the election presiding officer had to repeatedly call for order as the crowd cheered, waved flags and blew vuvuzelas.

Ramaphosa received 3018 votes against 463 cast for Tokyo Sexwale and 470 cast for Mathews Phosa. The crowd reacted by rolling their hands, a gesture usually used to signal a call for a soccer player's substitution, indicating delight at the change.

Gwede Mantashe retained his position as secretary-general with 3058 votes to his opponent Fikile Mbalula's 901.

Jessie Duarte was appointed deputy secretary-general unopposed.

ANC national chairwoman Baleka Mbete retained her position with 3010 votes against current deputy secretary-general Thandi Modise's 939.

The new treasurer-general is KwaZulu-Natal chairman Zweli Mkhize, who received 2988 votes to the delight of the cheering crowd. The announcement of Paul Mashatile's 961 votes was met with boos from delegates.

There were a handful of spoilt votes and abstentions in the voting for each candidate.

The newly-elected candidates hugged each other as they made their way onto the stage, with Zuma going for a double hug with Ramaphosa.

Shortly after the voting announcements were made, a prayer was said. The announcer asked delegates to pray for the God of all previous ANC presidents, ending with "The God of Mandela, the God of Mbeki, and yes the God of Zuma...". The crowd cheered.

Forces of Change mocked at Mangaung Sapa

A group of ANC delegates from Limpopo on Tuesday mocked those who opposed President Jacob Zuma's re-election at the party's Mangaung conference.

The Zuma supporters from Limpopo rolled their hands, as is done in soccer matches to call for a player's substitution, and added a thumbs-down to it.

"Change?... uhmmm..," they murmured.

Earlier, Zuma won a second term as African National Congress leader on Tuesday.

He received 2983 votes against Kgalema Motlanthe's 991.

Zuma wins second term Sapa

President Jacob Zuma won a second term as African National Congress leader on Tuesday.

He received 2983 votes against Kgalema Motlanthe's 991.

Ramaphosa new ANC deputy president Sapa

Businessman Cyril Ramaphosa was elected the ANC's new deputy president on Tuesday.

He received 3018 votes against Tokyo Sexwale's 463 and Mathews Phosa's 470.

He would take over from current deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe.

Motlanthe was nominated for the position, but withdrew his candidacy on Monday.

Baleka still ANC chair Sapa

Baleka Mbete retains her position as ANC chairwoman after being re-elected at the ANC's Mangaung conference on Tuesday.

She received 3010 votes. Current deputy secretary-general Thandi Modise was the other candidate, but only received 939 votes.

Mantashe retains sec-gen position Sapa

Gwede Mantashe will retain his position as secretary-general of the African National Congress.

He was re-elected at the ANC's 53rd national conference in Mangaung on Tuesday, with 3058 votes.

He defeated Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, who got 901 votes. Mbalula was nominated by those calling for a change of leadership.

Duarte wins uncontested Sapa

Jessie Duarte has been elected deputy secretary-general of the African National Congress.

She stood for the position uncontested after the incumbent, Thandi Modise, withdrew her candidacy on Monday.

Mkhize is new ANC treasurer general Sapa

KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairman Zweli Mkhize will take over the position of party treasurer general from Mathews Phosa.

Mkhize was chosen at the African National Congress's national elective conference on Tuesday, with 2988 votes. He defeated Gauteng ANC chairman Paul Mashatile, who got 961 votes.

Mashatile was nominated by those calling for a change of leadership.

Court ruling has no bearing on Mangaung: ANC Sapa

The ruling of the Constitutional Court that the Free State provincial conference was null and void does not have a bearing on the branches voting in the Mangaung conference, the ANC said.

"The matter of the Free State only applies to the PEC [provincial executive committee] and not branches because those delegates were elected in properly constituted BGMs [branch general meetings]," said ANC spokesman Keith Khoza.

He said efforts by the disgruntled members of Free State to interdict the conference had also been rejected.

"We have been given the reasons behind the Constitutional Court judgement; we will be putting them on our website," he said.

The result of the top six officials of the ANC would be announced at midday.

There would be another open session for nominations for the additional members of the national executive committee (NEC) late in the afternoon.

The NEC disbanded the Free State PEC and established a 20-member task team to run the party in the Free State until a new provincial elective conference could be organised in three months time.

Khoza said the some of the members of the Free State PEC were still in the conference but not allowed to vote.

Concourt finds irregularities in ANC Free State vote Sapa

The Constitutional Court has found there were irregularities in the ANC's preparation for its Free State provincial elective conference (PEC).

"In my view, the appeal did indeed raise a constitutional issue," Judge Zac Yacoob said on Tuesday.

He was giving reasons for the judgment handed down on Friday.

ANC member Mpho Ramakatsa and five others who wanted the PEC dissolved had approached the Constitutional Court, appealing the Bloemfontein High Court's dismissal of the case.

On Friday the court declared the PEC and its resolutions invalid and unlawful.

The majority of judges hearing the case found Ramakatsa and his fellow appellants proved irregularities in the preparation process leading up to the provincial conference.

These amounted to a violation of their right to participate in the activities of the ANC, and a breach of the ANC's constitution as well as its membership audit guidelines.

As a result the majority held that the irregularities nullified the provincial conference.

Judge Johan Froneman, in a dissenting judgment, held that although the matter raised a constitutional issue, it was not in the interest of justice to grant leave to appeal.

In his view the appeal could have been directed to the Full Court of the High Court, or the Supreme Court of Appeal.

Froneman found the appellants failed to prove the ANC had failed to resolved their grievances.

The ANC's 53rd national conference is currently underway in Mangaung.

At the conference, the PECs of each province will formally nominate and elect the party's new leaders.

Ramakatsa and the other appellants had challenged the validity of the PEC in court last month, claiming elections at branch level were irregular and that parallel branches were trying to manipulate the outcome of the party's conference.

The respondents were Free State ANC chairman Ace Magashule, who is also Free State premier, the PEC itself, and the ANC.

During submissions, ANC lawyers said senior ANC leaders had addressed the challengers' complaints. They were represented by advocate Dali Mpofu.

Ramakatsa and his group had asked the High Court in the Free State, and then the Constitutional Court, to review and set aside a decision by the ANC's national executive committee (NEC) to recognise the results of the Free State conference.

They submitted it constituted an administrative action which was reviewable under the provisions of the Promotion of Administrative Justice Act.

They claimed their constitutional rights had been infringed by the ANC's decision to recognise the PEC, and that their contractual rights as members of the ANC had been infringed.

At court, Ramakatsa's group wore t-shirts bearing the names of candidates they wanted nominated at the Mangaung conference.

They were: Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe for president, Mathews Phosa for deputy, Fikile Mbalula for secretary-general, Thenjiwe Mtintso for deputy secretary-general, Thandi Modise for chairwoman, and Tokyo Sexwale for treasurer general.

The PEC declared invalid by the court had selected President Jacob Zuma for a second term as party president, with no votes for Motlanthe.

The ANC reran its provincial elective conferences in Limpopo and the Western Cape after they collapsed.

More tertiary education: Nzimande Sapa

More young people should get an opportunity to access post-matric education, Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande said on Tuesday.

"We also need to seriously grow the college sector. Not every young person can attend university," he said on the sidelines of the African National Congress's 53rd elective conference at the University of the Free State in Mangaung.

Policy discussions on education at the conference should also look into the improvement of the quality of higher education, especially at colleges, he said.

Nzimande said although the conference was running behind schedule, delegates would "catch up" as most of the policy papers had been discussed at the party's policy conference in June.

Delegates were in various commissions discussing the policies on Tuesday.

Political editor resigns over Ramaphosa article Sapa

An Independent Newspapers political editor has resigned following a report in The Star that businessman Cyril Ramaphosa had refused a nomination to be ANC deputy president.

"I had no hand in writing the story," Gaye Davis said on Tuesday.

"I did, however, early on Sunday evening, get confirmation from Mr Ramaphosa that - contrary to what the article was stating - he had accepted and signed his nomination form," she said in a statement sent to Sapa.

Davis was stepping down to "publicly disassociate" herself from The Star's article.

"Ethically, I believe I cannot publicly distance myself from the story while remaining in the employ of Independent Newspapers."

Davis believes resigning is necessary to protect her credibility as a journalist.

She told the writer of the article that Ramaphosa had confirmed he was still in the running, but was told The Star was standing by their story, but that other editors in the group could make their own judgements.

"I communicated with the other morning newspaper editors in the group, who took appropriate action and did not run the story in its original form," Davis said.

Independent Newspapers CEO Tony Howard said he only just learned of the resignation and could not yet comment.

Davis had been group deputy political editor since October 2008. She said she contacted Ramaphosa and personally informed him of her decision to resign.

Delegates discuss policies Sapa

Delegates at the ANC's national conference spent Tuesday morning debating policies at various commissions at the University of the Free State.

Vote counting for the African National Congress's top six positions also continued on Tuesday morning. The results were expected to be announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Delegates who were not in commissions sat in the shade around the main plenary marquee. Those lucky enough to find chairs formed a circle and talked about their own views about the outcomes of the election.

Others, while walking to their commissions, complained about the heat and the long walk to the plenary tent.

At the main marquee a Standard Bank van with an ATM at the back had its tyres clamped to prevent people from moving the vehicle.

Nominations for the party's 80 national executive committee members were expected to be announced on Tuesday evening.

Mangaung vote counting starts Sapa

Vote counting had started on Tuesday at the ANC elective conference being held at the University of the Free State campus in Mangaung.

"Everyone has cast their vote. Counting has started," said an official from Elexions Agency which is tasked with overseeing the elections.

Delegates started voting for the party's top six on Monday night.

The H van der Merwe hall, where the voting was held, was deserted in the morning.

Johannes Zwane, a delegate from Mpumalanga said he voted just after 1am on Tuesday.

"I was tired and sleepy but I stood in the lines and cast my vote. It went well."

The election results were expected to be announced later during the day.

ANC voting closes Sapa

Voting for the ANC's top six officials closed on Tuesday morning.

Delegates at the party's national elective conference started voting at around 12.30am.

Results were expected to be announced later in the day.

Voting took place by secret ballot and would be counted manually by a technical team from the Elexions Agency [SUBS: CORRECT].

Reports that North West and Free State delegates had separate voting ballots could not be confirmed.

This was reportedly done in the event that delegates from the provinces had to be excluded from the conference pending court applications.

The African National Congress' conference nominated its preferred candidates for their leadership on Monday afternoon.

ANC starts voting for top six Sapa

Delegates at the ANC's national elective conference in Manguang in the Free State starting voting for the party's top six officials around 12.30am on Tuesday.

The results were expected to be announced later in the day.

The African National Congress' conference nominated its preferred candidates for their leadership on Monday afternoon.

President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe were both nominated to lead the ANC.

Cyril Ramaphosa, Mathews Phosa and Tokyo Sexwale were nominated for deputy president.

Motlanthe withdrew his candidacy for deputy president.

Two candidates were nominated for secretary-general -- Gwede Mantashe and Fikile Mbalula. Mantashe currently holds the position.

Jessie Duarte was the only person standing for deputy secretary-general.

Baleka Mbete and current deputy secretary-general Thandi Modise were both standing for national chairperson.

Gauteng chairman Paul Mashatile and KwaZulu-Natal chairman Zweli Mkhize were nominated for treasurer general.

Electoral committee member and ANC veteran Andrew Mlangeni said the voting would take place by secret ballot.

The election process would be handled by the Elexions Agency [SUBS: CORRECT], which was a technical team.

Delegates tags would be scanned with a hand held scanner. This was linked to a computer that would capture the names of the delegates and mark that they had received a ballot paper.

Each delegates' left thumb would be marked with indelible ink, in case of computer failure or a dispute.

A total of 200 booths had been set up for voting.

Votes would be counted manually.

Thobile Thomas from the Elexions Agency said 4075 delegates would vote.

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