Faces you won't see at this year's ANC conference


Atul Gupta and Rajesh Gupta at the ANCs elective conference on December 17, 2012 in Mangaung.

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC is not the same anymore, some members have been sent packing, others managed to survive the axe and some have had immortal lasting power.

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eNCA.com has compiled a list of people you will not be seeing in this year&39;s elective conference.


The Gupta family have been involved in a series of scandals and allegations that include the former Public Protector&39;s State Capture Report where it revealed how they strategically held over state-owned entities. 

Atul Gupta is reported to have accumulated a R10-billion net worth, which toppled African Rainbow Minerals tycoon, Patrice Motsepe, whose riches amount to R9,5-billion.

The whistleblower, former deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas revealed how Ajay Gupta offered him R600 000 in a black bag with the promise of R600-million if he agreed to work with them.

File: Atul Gupta and Rajesh Gupta at the ANC’s elective conference on December 17, 2012, in Mangaung. Photo: Gallo Images / Simphiwe Nkwali


The former Minister of Higher Education, Blade Nzimande was the only casualty of the midnight cabinet reshuffle by President Jacob Zuma. This happened after the ANC longtime ally SACP, publicly called for Zuma to step down.

File: Blade Nzimande at the University of the Freestate on December 17, 2012, in Bloemfontein. Photo: Gallo Images / Felix Dlangamandla


Former ANC Youth League president, Ronald Lamola has recently called for Jacob Zuma to be axed. In present times, all those that have publicly called for the axing of the president seem to have less relevance thereafter.

File: Ronald Lamola congratulates newly elected ANC President Jacob Zuma on Day 3 of the ANC Conference. Photo: Gallo Images / Leon Sadiki


Former Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni may be on the list of those that will not be voted into the ANC NEC this time around. Contained on that list are former finance minister Pravin Gordhan, former parliament speaker Max Sisulu, and former tourism minister, Derek Hanekom.

File: Newly elected NEC member Tito Mboweni on the last day of the ANC National Conference. Photo: Gallo Images / Leon Sadiki


The shortest-serving president of South Africa has been publicly lobbying for President Jacob Zuma to resign since he left.

In March 2017 at the funeral of struggle icon Ahmed Kathrada, Motlanthe delivered a eulogy that quoted Kathrada urging the president to go.

Zuma was barred by the family of Kathrada from attending the funeral.

File: Kgalema Motlanthe gives his last speech as deputy president of the ANC. Photo: Gallo Images / Felix Dlangamandla


Speaking at the Eric Molobi lecture in November, former finance minister Trevor Manuel predicted that the ANC elective conference, which is currently underway would collapse. He further speculated that branch numbers would be manipulated to produce a specific outcome using taxpayers’ money.

File: Trevor Manuel at the ANC’s elective conference. Photo: Gallo Images / Daniel Born

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