ANC revises its A-team
OWN CORRESPONDENT, Johannesburg | Tuesday 8.35pm
THE African National Congress on Tuesday announced its revised election candidates’ lists, which saw ANC Women’s League president Winnie Madikizela-Mandela moving up to position number nine. Presidential spokesman Parks Mankahlana’s name no longer appears on the list.
Also removed from the lists were the names of Deputy Finance Minister Gill Marcus, who is to take up a post in the Reserve Bank and Foreign Affairs Minister Alfred Nzo. Nzo this week asked to have his name removed from the list. Outgoing Mpumalanga premier Mathews Phosa topped the list of Mpumalanga candidates headed for the National Assembly. Health Minister Nkosazana Zuma is the highest ranked woman at number three, followed by Welfare Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi in sixth position and Madikizela-Mandela. Public Enterprises Minister Stella Sigcau, the only Cabinet Minister not on the ANC’s national executive committee, is at number 21. Parties had to submit candidate lists and pay election deposits to the Independent Electoral Commission before 5pm on Monday. Parties who have decided to contest the national and nine provincial polls are: the African Christian Democratic Party , the African National Congress (ANC), the Afrikaner Eenheidsbeweging, the Democratic Party, Federal Alliance , the Inkatha Freedom Party, the New National Party, the Pan Africanist Congress, the United Democratic Movement and the Freedom Front. The wild card in the national pack, the Cape Town-based Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party, has fielded one candidate in the national poll only, its founder Stephen Goodson. Other parties whose names appear on the national ballot indicated on Tuesday they would only contest some provinces. Parties that will only contest the election on a provincial level include the African Moral Party in the Western Cape, the Labor Party in Gauteng, the Mass United Movement in KwaZulu-Natal, the Workers’ International Vanguard League in the Western Cape, and the Ximoko Party in the Northern Province Ten other parties have submitted their candidates’ lists and have until Friday to pay their deposits, if they wish to be included on the national or provincial ballots.