While Zuma’s allies are said to prefer African Union chairperson Nkosazana-Dlamini Zuma as his successor; there are tell-tale signs that South Africa’s largest worker’s federation – Cosatu will endorse Deputy President Ramaphosa as Zuma’s successor.
However, endorsing Ramaphosa as the union’s choice may not be accepted by all; as some workers have publicly declared Dlamini-Zuma as their preferred candidate.
Cosatu’s central committee would be meeting tomorrow and, at that gathering; they will make their preferred candidate for the ANC presidency known. But, many still fear that the outcome of the meeting could further split the union.
Although the union has no voting rights during the ANC’s elective conference, it plans to effectively influence ANC members to have Ramaphosa succeed Zuma.
BuzzSouthAfrica also learned that the largest workers’ federation is putting together a list of at least six names of senior ANC leaders that would be capable of leading the party into the 2019 elections
Presently, Cosatu’s strength has been waning rapidly after the union was rocked by internal fighting and cold war; which prompted the premature exit of the Food and Allied Workers’ Union.
YCL Shows Support For Deputy President Ramaphosa
Meanwhile, the Young Communist League (YCL) has thrown its weight behind the country’s second-in-command. The YCL, the SA Communist Party’s youth wing, on Sunday, gave the strongest indication that the communists wants Deputy President Ramaphosa to succeed Zuma instead of his ex-spouse Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
The league also attacked the Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) and ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) showing great support for the AU Commission chairperson.
Worried that all hell may break loose during Cosatu’s upcoming meeting; the SA Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) and the Police and Prison Civil Rights Union (Popcru) have called on Cosatu to desist from taking a position on who should succeed Zuma.
Satawu general secretary Zenzo Mahlangu rather enjoined the union to concentrate on building its own structures and building affiliates.