ANC 2017 Elective Conference

'Votes debacle calls into question processes at conferences' - Lebohang Pheko

Former KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu will be challenging a decision by the African National Congress steering committee to disqualify 53 of the 68 votes omitted during the election of the party's top six this week.

According to Eyewitness News, sources have confirmed that Mchunu will only be given 15 of the votes.

There are further reports that attorneys for Mchunu's camp are preparing to go to court to challenge the party’s position.

An official announcement is expected to be made in plenary on Wednesday.

Clement Manyathela spoke to Senior Research Fellow And Political Economist at Trade Collective, Lebohang Pheko to discuss what this means for the top six if Mchunu were to replace Ace Magashule.

If that were the case it would change the balance of forces within the big six quite significantly.

Lebohang Pheko, Senior Research Fellow And Political Economist at Trade Collective

What I think is significant though, is even after the count, it calls into question the way these kinds of processes are run at conferences.

Lebohang Pheko, Senior Research Fellow And Political Economist at Trade Collective

Meanwhile rating agency Moody’s says Cyril Ramaphosa’s win raises the prospect of an improvement in South Africa's ratings.

Economist Thabi Leoka says the agency's comments are strange.

We don't know yet what policies Cyril Ramaphosa will prioritise, the president of the country is still President Jacob Zuma.

Thabi Leoka, Senior Economist at Argon Asset Management

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