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PostSubject: Mbeki era closes as ANC elects Zuma   Wed Dec 19, 2007 5:05 am

Mbeki era closes as ANC elects Zuma

By Basildon Peta in Polokwane
Published: 19 December 2007

The South African President's world crumbled around him last night
after his party rejected his spirited bid to cling to power.

Members of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) voted
Thabo Mbeki out of the leadership of the party by a fairly wide
margin of 724 votes in favour of his nemesis, Jacob Zuma, who is
now on course to succeed him as president of the country.

Not only was Mr Mbeki personally humiliated within the ANC, but his
chief allies were rejected by party members in a vote for the top six

Mr Mbeki and his allies lost the positions of president, deputy
president, national chairperson, secretary general, deputy secretary
general and treasurer general in a clean sweep to Mr Zuma's allies.

This means that Mr Mbeki, who succeeded Nelson Mandela in 1999,
after having served him earlier as his deputy, will no longer exert any
influence over the governance of South Africa once his term as head of
state expires in 2009.

It emerged last night that Mr Mbeki's close associates proposed that
he should withdraw with them in order to avoid certain defeat, but he
refused. Mr Mbeki is now likely to face pressure from Mr Zuma's
supporters to resign as President before 2009 to avoid creating two
centres of power.


Mr Mbeki polled 1,505 votes against Mr Zuma's 2,329. The result
mirrored the losses suffered by Mr Mbeki in primary voting by delegates
last month before this week's conference.


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PostSubject: Jacob Zuma is the new ANC leader   Wed Dec 19, 2007 5:22 am

Jacob Zuma is the new ANC leader
December 18, 2007, 21:15

Jacob Zuma is the new President of the ANC. Zuma secured 2 329 votes.
He was up against incumbent President Thabo Mbeki for the party's top
position. Mbeki received 1 505 votes.

In the run-up to the conference in Polokwane, Zuma emerged as the
frontrunner during the party's recent nomination process. He secured
nominations in five provinces, including Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal,
Mpumalanga, the Free State and the Northern Cape. The ANC Youth
League and Women's League also stood firmly behind him. Mbeki
garnered votes from the ANC in the Eastern and Western Capes, the
North West and Limpopo.

Former Secretary General, Kgalema Motlanthe, has been elected as the
new Deputy President for the ANC. He was pitted against Foreign Affairs
Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

National Speaker of Parliament, Baleka Mbete, has defeated Government's
Policy Co-ordinator, Joel Netshitenzhe, to the position of National

National chair
The SA Communist Party (SACP) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe won
the race for the party's National Chairperson. The other contender was
Mosiuoa Lekota.

Speaker of the North West Legislature, Thandi Modise, is the new Deputy
Secretary General. She was up against Public Works Minister, Thoko Didiza.

Matthews Phosa is the new Treasurer-General of the party.
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PostSubject: Re: Mbeki era closes as ANC elects Zuma   Wed Dec 19, 2007 9:38 am


Reported deaths from all causes, 1997 to 2005

Year of death Age (years) Total
0-9 10-24 25-49 50+ Unspecified
1997 35,441 22,636 92,796 160,058 5,574 316,505
1998 41,172 25,799 114,215 178,763 5,104 365,053
1999 41,834 27,686 129,881 178,877 2,704 380,982
2000 42,802 29,463 150,149 189,118 2,204 413,736
2001 44,876 31,408 172,963 201,738 1,911 452,896
2002 50,741 34,381 200,844 211,504 2,024 499,494
2003 56,593 37,363 228,819 227,280 2,770 552,825
2004 62,212 38,054 242,066 222,231 2,925 567,488
2005 67,559 38,221 250,043 232,168 3,222 591,213
Increase 1997-2005 91% 69% 169% 45% -42% 87%
The influence of population growth can be removed by looking at death
rates per 100,000 people, which are provided by Statistics South Africa
in another report called "Adult mortality (age 15-64) based on death
notification data in South Africa: 1997-2004". These data show that
between 1997 and 2004, the death rate among men aged 30-39 more than
doubled, while that among women aged 25-34 more than quadrupled. The
changes are even more pronounced when deaths from natural causes only
are examined. Over the same period there was relatively little change
in the death rates among people aged over 55 and those aged 15-20. In
their report, Statistics South Africa call such developments
"astounding", "alarming" and "disturbing".



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