ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule has poured cold water on speculations that President Jacob Zuma’s future would be sealed at the National Executive Committee meeting currently underway in East London, Eastern Cape. The newly elected NEC was meeting for the first time before the party’s 106th birthday celebration. The party’s highest decision-making body traditionally meets before the annual celebration to map the way forward and set the tone for the year.
ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa has some harsh decisions to make – and the new NEC seems an extra headache for him. “As the NDZ faction didn’t do well with the top six, they turned to the NEC,” said political analyst Ralph Mathekga. “If Ramaphosa doesn’t apply their radical economic transformation, they will be tough on him.”Of the top six, three are Jacob Zuma loyalists and two have links to him.
THE newly elected ANC top six are a mixed bag, which has led to some calling them the good, the bad and the ugly. Former ANC president Jacob Zuma has been accused of turning a blind eye to widespread corruption and some of the party’s new leaders have not inspired confidence that this will end. President Cyril Ramaphosa is the darling of the pack and many have pinned their hopes on him to clean out the rotten apples in the party.
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