Mokonyane denies delaying result release with recount

Karabo Ngoepe
JOHANNESBURG- Nomvula Mokonyane has denied claims that she was behind the delay of the ANC election results by demanding a recount.
She released a statement refuting the allegations and labelling newly elected deputy president David Mabuza a traitor. Mokonyane said over the last few days, a number of allegations have been made in an attempt to tarnish her name.
“The allegations made have included an attempt to fraudulently include non-delegates into the conference credentials presented and adopted by conference. Secondly, allegations have been made via mainstream and social media that Cde. Nomvula Mokonyane delayed the finalization of the elections outcomes through a demand for a recount in her capacity as ANC Head of Elections,” she said.
Mokonyane added that there was also a fake text message being circulated allegedly from her, accusing Mabuza, of having ‘sold-out’ in relation to the outcomes of the 54th National Conference ANC National Officials Elections Outcome.
“The above allegations are false and an attempt to create divisions in the ANC by those opposed to the unity that ANC branches and delegates have demonstrated in the election outcomes. I have in the run up to this conference shared my views and preferences on leadership and equally, my commitment to supporting an elected leadership post-conference. My commitment expressed in this regard remains,” she said.
The release of the results was delayed by over an hour on Monday evening with many speculating that a re-count was ordered. Journalists were made aware of an SMS alleging that Mokonyane had issued the directive, she denied it.
Cyril Ramaphosa was eventually announced as the new party leader with Mabuza as his deputy. Other winners on the night were Ace Magashule as Secretary General, Jessie Duarte as his deputy, Gwede Mantashe as National Chairperson and Paul Mashatile was elected Treasurer General.
Mokonyane denied any wrong doing to influence the conference.
“Allegations of manipulation of delegates by myself have been disproved. I have also at no point involved myself nor participated in the work of the electoral commission and as such allegations that I request a recount are false and misleading. Lastly, the text message doing the rounds and supposedly sent by myself is fake,” said Mokonyane.