Gauteng Premier David Makhura has disassociated himself from a list of candidates said to be on Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s slate.
Makhura, who doubles as ANC deputy provincial chairperson was reacting to a circulation of a list released shortly after the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) announced its support for outgoing African Union chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to replace president Zuma.
The list first appeared in the Gupta-owned New Age Newspaper on Tuesday and was said to had contained the names of ANC treasurer general Zweli Mkhize and former deputy secretary of the ANC Youth League, Vuyiswa Tulelo, as prospective officeholders.
An apparently enraged Makhura slammed the promoters of the ‘malicious’ list; adding its circulation goes against the spirit of both the NEC and the party’s provincial executive committee.
He reasoned that the list creates an impression that people whose names appeared on it could have been discussing on how to take over leadership positions in the ruling party.
“I personally detest the politics of slates and strongly condemn divisive activities which undermine the effort to build a united ANC that serves the people of South Africa with distinction,” David Makhura said.
He sent a stern warning to the “faceless distributors” of such lists to stop using his name and those of other leaders to cause division in the party.
While Zuma urged ANC members to strive harder towards ensuring peace and unity within the ANC, the party’s women’s league, last week, broke ranks with tradition by openly endorsing Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as its preferred presidential candidate.
Despite the succession debate not yet opened the women’s league announced after its National Executive Meeting on Saturday it needs a female president to man the party and fly the party’s flag during the next general election.
AU Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma enjoys support among ANC members in Mpumalanga, the Free State, and North West while her closest rival, Ramaphosa also enjoys quite a good number of support within a faction in the ANC.