JOHANNESBURG, Cyril Ramaphosa has been elected president of the African National Congress (ANC), the party which has ruled South Africa since the first general election of the country’s post-apartheid era in 1994.
A total of 4,776 delegates to the national conference held in Nasrec, Johannesburg, voted for the top leadership, members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and Provincial General Councils.
According to Sifiso Mfenyana, the chairperson of the conference electoral commission, Ramaphosa won the presidency with 2,440 votes, defeating Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a former Cabinet Minister and chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, who received 2,261 votes.
Ramaphosa, currently the deputy president of a party which was Africa’s oldest liberation movement, was declared the new president on Monday, beating Dlamini-Zuma in a straight fight in what was described as the most fiercely contested national elective conference to date.
The position of deputy president went to David Mabuza, who received 2,538 votes, while Lindiwe Sisulu received 2,159 votes for the same position.
Gwede Mantashe, who was named the National Chairperson, obtaining 2,418 votes, while Nathi Mthethwa received 2,269 votes.
The new Secretary-General will be Ace Magashule, who received 2,360 votes, while Senzo Mchunu got 2,336 votes.
Jessie Duarte retained her position as deputy Secretary-General with 2,474 votes, while Zingiswa Losi received 2,213 votes. The Treasurer-General’sposition went to Paul Mashatile with 2,517 votes, while Maite Nkoana-Mashabane garnered 2,178 votes.
Ramaphosa was elected the Secretary General of the ANC in 1991 and elected deputy president in 2012. He is a lawyer, trade unionist, activist and businessman. He started his political career as a student and went on to be a legal adviser for the National Council of Trade Unions (NCTU) after obtaining his law degree.
He also played a crucial role in the negotiations with the former South African apartheid regime to bring about a peaceful end to apartheid and steering the country towards its first democratic elections in 1994.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK