South Africa: Zuma Still Ruling Party Leader

President Jacob Zuma has won a second term as the leader of the ruling African National Congress at the party's conference in Mangaung. His running mate Cyril Ramaphosa is the party's new deputy president.

Kgalema Motlanthe, the previous deputy who lost a challenge to Zuma, may as a result leave his post as deputy president of South Africa early, write Zubeida Jaffer and Moeketsi Mogotsi of WhatsUpANC.

  • South Africa:  Zuma Retains Party Leadership, Ramaphosa New Deputy

    South African Press Association, 18 December 2012

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

  • South Africa:  Zuma's Deputy Could Leave Govt

    WhatsUpANC, 18 December 2012

    Kgalema Motlanthe could well resign from government and leave the way clear for President Jacob Zuma to bring Cyril Ramaphosa in as deputy president of the country immediately, ... read more »

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President Jacob Zuma.

  • South Africa:  Behold, the Zuma Moment!

    WhatsUpANC, 18 December 2012

    It was no secret going into today's announcement plenary that Zuma's slate would wipe the floor. With National Chaplain Mehana chanting 'Viva God', the Zuma Moment was ushered in. ... read more »

  • South Africa:  All Now in Tune

    WhatsUpANC, 18 December 2012

    Much of the message emanating from Mangaung is, like Trevor Manuel's modest choice of transport, non-verbal. read more »

  • South Africa:  The Return of Cyril Ramaphosa

    WhatsUpANC, 18 December 2012

    Far from wild life auction halls, Cyril Ramaphosa revived his almost-abandoned political career in Mangaung yesterday. Buffalo man exuded quiet confidence. read more »

  • South Africa:  Zuma May Trump Opponents With New Mbeki-Style Deputy

    WhatsUpANC, 14 December 2012

    It's crunch time for the African National Congress (ANC). This weekend 4,500 delegates will gather in Mangaung in South Africa's heartland to take decisions that will have a major ... read more »

  • South Africa:  The Rocket That Failed to Launch

    WhatsUpANC, 18 December 2012

    We can (sadly) conclude that Kgalema Motlanthe will not be elected as President of the African National Congress. From day one, delegates from all over the country were already ... read more »

  • South Africa:  ANC Leadership Debate Swamps Meaningful Discussion of Policy

    African Arguments, 17 December 2012

    This week in South Africa it seems like an entire nation's hopes are pinned on the decision 4500 delegates will make at Mangaung in the Free State. More than 50 million South ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Zuma's Deputy Challenges His Party Leadership

    South African Press Association, 17 December 2012

    President Jacob Zuma and his deputy Kgalema Motlanthe have been nominated for the position of party president, the ANC's electoral commission announced in Mangaung on Monday. read more »

  • South Africa:  I Won't Keep Mum - Vavi

    South African Press Association, 17 December 2012

    When Cosatu speaks out about problems in the country, this should not be seen as an attack on the ANC, the union federation's general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Twitter on ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Pens, Notepads and No Action

    WhatsUpANC, 17 December 2012

    It was all very confusing. First, ANC spokesperson Keith Khoza arrived in the media lounge and summoned journalists. read more »

  • South Africa:  Political Report by President Jacob Zuma to the 53rd National Conference of the ANC

    African National Congress, 17 December 2012


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  • South Africa:  Senior Minister to Step Down from Party Leadership

    WhatsUpANC, 15 December 2012

    Minister Trevor Manuel will not stand for re-election to the ANC's top body, the National Executive Committee. read more »

  • South Africa:  The Rapture of Mangaung

    WhatsUpANC, 16 December 2012

    Mangaung will not be the fruitful affair the ANC says it will be but it is definitely an empty spectacle worth watching. read more »

  • South Africa:  Zuma to Win Despite Motlanthe

    South African Press Association, 12 December 2012

    Kgalema Motlanthe's acceptance of a nomination to the ANC's top seat does not change who will win or lose, political analyst Steven Friedman said on Wednesday night. read more »

  • South Africa:  Profiles of ANC Top Six Nominees

    South African Press Association, 14 December 2012

    If the ANC establishment gets its way, the party's top six leaders elected at its national elective conference in Mangaung next week will consist of President Jacob Zuma and old ... read more »

  • Africa:  Development Requires Investment, Democracy - Moeletsi Mbeki, 16 December 2012

    This week's African National Congress elective conference will decide who should lead South Africa's ruling political party into the next election in 2014. But key issues ... read more »

  • South Africa:  Reports From the Registration Queues

    WhatsUpANC, 14 December 2012

    Moeketsi Mogotsi writes: read more »

  • South Africa:  Mangaung a Watershed Event - Agri SA

    South African Press Association, 12 December 2012

    The upcoming ANC elective conference in Mangaung required exceptional leadership skills to address the country's problems, Agri SA said on Wednesday. read more »

  • South Africa:  Mangaung Crucial for SA Economy - BUSA

    South African Press Association, 10 December 2012

    Policy decisions made by the ANC during its national conference in Mangaung can prevent the country's economy from declining, Business Unity SA (Busa) said on Monday. read more »

  • South Africa:  How This Blog Was Born

    WhatsUpANC, 14 December 2012

    Zubeida Jaffer and I were in our early twenties when we first met in the newsroom of the Cape Times. We had to eat our sandwiches in the Company Gardens because she wasn't allowed ... read more »