Lentswe, Klerksdorp - After a long delay and a sudden recount from the African National Congress (ANC) 54th Elective Conference, it was announced that the ANC’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is the new elected president.
The outcome of the elective conference which was held at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg, Gau-teng was announced late afternoon on Monday 18 December.
Cyril Ramaphosa was elected in a tightly contested leadership race where he ran against one of the preferred candidates, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
With 2,440 votes Ramaphosa overtook Dlamini-Zuma who only got 2,261 votes.
Meanwhile, some of the supporters and members thought that Ramaphosa’ slate will completely colour the top six, but Dlamini-Zuma’s slate closed the gaps on secretariat level.
Mpumalanga Premier, David Mabuza is the deputy president and the former secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe is now the national chairperson.
Surprisingly, the Free State Premier, Ace Magashule was elected as the secretary-general, while Jessie Duarte retained her position as the deputy secretary-general.
Former Gauteng Premier, Paul Mashatile is the treasurer-general.