President Cyril Ramaphosa's camp suffered a huge blow which might affect his bid to run for a second term as ANC president after RET forces took over all three biggest regions in the Kwa-Zulu Natal province.
Kwa-Zulu Natal province is important if it comes abroad to endorse Cyril Ramaphosa's bid for a second term as it has a big voting constituency from eThekwini to Musa Dladla region.
After RET forces won all the three biggest regions, this has already upset the plan by Cyril's camp to try and arm twist Kwa-Zulu Natal province to support Ramaphosa's bid.
In the provincial conference, Sihle Zikalala is set to contest against RET favourites, Nomsa Dube who is closely linked to eThekwini regional chairperson, Zandile Gumede.
Recently, Nhlanhla Ngidi has put up his hand to contest the chairperson’s position when the party holds its provincial conference in July.
This comes after allies of the incumbent, Sihle Zikalala, lost control of the Musa Dladla region in the north of the province to the radical economic transformation faction, which will oppose the re-election of Zikalala and, at the ANC’s national conference in December, president Cyril Ramaphosa.
While it is not clear who will be backed by the RET forces to contest Cyril Ramaphosa at national conference in December, Zweli Mkhize is said to have been endorsed by some branches.
When the third biggest region in Kwa-Zulu Natal province, Musa Dladla, which is Zuma's home region took over the region after paralyzing CR backers, Zweli Mkhize is said to have had a huge boost.
The ANC comrades in the province are just waiting for the provincial conference to seal the deal and finally officially announce their candidate for December elective conference.
Meanwhile, in the Free State province, Ace Magashule's home province, ANC comrades from different branches are revolting demanding for an early conference as they accuse CR faction of interfering with the branches.
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