The longest serving Mangaung ANC Regional Secretary, Paseka Nompondo has been elected as deputy chairperson replacing Thabo Manyoni who contested the position of chairperson against Ace Magashule. Nompondo emerged to the position uncontested at an elective conference held in Parys from yesterday and has been tipped as one of the party's leaders who had what it takes to deputise Magashule who is set to be gunning for the national position of secretary general at the national conference scheduled for December 16 to 20.
Magashule, who is also Free State premier, received 209 nominations from delegates in attendance while his former deputy Thabo Manyoni only managed to get 25 nods. Manyoni who boycotted the provincial congress declined his nomination over the phone. "As the former secretary of the PEC I only received comrade Manyoni’s apology through the media," said re-elected secretary William Bulwane. Mineral Resources minister Msebenzi Zwane retained his position as the provincial treasurer.
All eyes will now focus on Thursday to once again hear what the courts have to say after papers were served to the PEC earlier