JOHANNESBURG, December 19 – As much as he accepted the outcome of ANC leadership election, North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo said a recount should not be only for the position of secretary general but for the entire top six.
The ANC steering committee was holding an urgent meeting after former KwaZulu-Natal premier Senzo Mchunu’s supporters disputed the vote outcome, demanding a recount.
Mchunu lost the secretary general position to Free State Premier Ace Magashule by a small margin.
”We met last night as a province to tell our delegates that they must accept and live with the results and support comrade Cyril Ramaphosa going forward, people are allowed to raise issues but they have to follow processes,” Mahumapelo told journalists on the side-lines of the conference on Tuesday.
”You cannot say that you want a recount for just one position…we do not know who voted how, this was a secret ballot. So this means it has to be done for entire top six…I can assure you that if they push on this issue, then there should be a recount for all positions.”
Mchunu supporters claim at least 68 votes are missing from the secretary general vote tally.
Mahumapelo’s province backed Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to take over the ANC top job.
She lost to Ramaphosa who garnered 2440 votes against Dlamini-Zuma’s 2261. A total of 4776 delegates cast votes at the hotly contested conference.
Following the dissolution of the NEC, which was led by former party leader Jacob Zuma, the ANC is now managed by a steering committee consisting of the secretary general’s office, chairpersons of provinces and the party’s leagues.
– African News Agency (ANA)