Jacob Zuma Wins Second Term As ANC President

South African President Jacob Zuma has  as expected won a second term as ANC president at Mangaung.

He won 2982 votes and his opponent Kgalema Motlanthe  got 991 with 2 spoilt papers and one abstension.

Cyril Ramaphosa won the vice-presidency garnering 3,018 votes. He beat Phosa who got 470 and Sexwale’s 463.

Baleka Mbete was retained as ANC national chairperson after defeating Thandi Modise by 3010 votes to 939.

Gwede Mantashe retained the ANC Secretary-General position with 3,057 votes defeating Fikile Mbalula who got 901 votes.

Jesse Duarte was elected unopposed deputy secretary-general.

Zweli Mkhize is the new treasurer-general with 2988 votes beating  Paul Mashatile’s 961.

It is a big win all-round for Zuma who had received opposition at home especially in the media but it shows that in politics, nothing beats convincing the grassroots level.

It looks to be a dark time for  Motlanthe and his change advocates among them expelled former ANC Youth League president, Julius Malema.

As Zimbabwean soccer commentator Charles Mabika would say, ‘Let’s wait and find out’.