The African National Congress (ANC) in the Western Cape has thrown it's weight behind Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to take over the top leadership position in the party.
On Sunday, the provincial general council voted for the deputy president ahead of the ANC’s elective conference in Gauteng in December.
He received 121 votes.
Political analyst Karima Brown says the results are quite surprising.
What the surprise for me is, isn't so much that Nkosazana is a distant second, it's that fact that Lindiwe Sisulu pipped Naledi Pandor so what you have here is branches going for Cyril Ramaphosa but not listening to the deputy president when he spoke in Sekhukhune about his prefered top six.— Karima Brown, political analyst
This shows you how important the branches actually are and that there are very definite attempts to move away from wholesale slate politics.— Karima Brown, political analyst
Brown says the ruling party's presidential race is now at it's trade off phase.
President Jacob Zuma realising that his preferred candidate is out of the starting block, but not quite where Cyril Ramaphosa is.— Karima Brown, political analyst
Zuma's move to try and bring about unity comes from a position of weakness.— Karima Brown, political analyst
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This article first appeared on 702 : Political desk: ANC presidential race now at its trade off phase - Brown