ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa’s backers are planning for him to take over the reins in the next few weeks and have him deliver the state of the nation address in February. However, Ramaphosa has to reckon with the possibility that pushing Jacob Zuma out as president could cause divisions in the party and incur the wrath of Zuma’s KwaZulu-Natal support base. Officials close to Ramaphosa told City Press that the new ANC president was eager to occupy office and restore confidence in the country.
ANC presidential candidate Ramaphosa insists that the president’s suggestion that the losing contender deputise has ‘never gained traction’. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has shot down President Jacob Zuma’s proposal that the losing candidate in the ANC presidential race should, by default, become the deputy for the purpose of forging party unity. The crucial leadership election is scheduled to kick off on Saturday at Nasrec, Johannesburg, and the race to succeed Zuma is too close to call.
At around 12:00 on a sunny and hot Sunday morning, a bakkie with a trailer carrying tent chairs drives into Bongani grounds, an open dusty field where presidential hopeful Jeff Radebe is due to host an ANC rally. Two bakkies and a minibus emblazoned with pictures of Radebe are parked in the grounds in Siyancuma, a township outside Douglas – a remote town in the Northern Cape populated by a largely impoverished community.
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