Winners and losers. That phrase best described the outcome of the recent ANC conference. In the keenly contested race, Nono Maloyi defeated rival Bushy Maape to emerge ANC Provincial Chair. Supra Mahumapelo had previously occupied the position.
The former premier had pulled at the 9th elective conference of the ANC in Rustenburg, paving the way for another premier to be elected to the position.
Speaking about his decision, the politician noted that some members of the Radical Economic Transformation (RET) wanted him to pull out of the race so that they could nominate him for a position in the party’s national executive committee.
Interestingly, although this remained unconfirmed, some current MEC were allegedly given standing orders by the “Ankole Delegation” to vote Bushy Maape as premier. Whatever the reason, it turned out the order wasn’t heeded or wasn’t enough to give Maape the desired victory.
On the day, amid intense politicking, Bushy Maape lost to Nono Maloyi. Maloyi pulled exactly 373 votes against Maape’s 294 votes.
The victory is especially interesting because some members would claim that attempts were made to rig the election in Maape’s favour. You can check out the clip below.
[Watch] Kgotso Leshomo, a delegate at the ANC Provincial Conference in North West exposes some of the corruption by NEC members who tried to rig the conference in Bushy Maape's favour.
— H.M Smith (@Stoute_SA) August 14, 2022
It remains to be seen what Maloyi’s election will translate to for the ANC.