The SA Teachers’ Democratic Union (Sadtu) has unveiled deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa; as the preferable and suitable candidate qualified to take over power from embattled president Jacob Zuma as the party leader.
According to the union, its choice of candidacy is tied to ANC’s tradition of making its deputy the next leader of the party. Notably, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has also subscribed to Sadtu’s choice of making Ramaphosa Zuma’s successor.
Both unions are affiliated to the Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) and their views are coming days before Cosatu holds a special meeting of its central executive committee (CEC).
“We are just saying that the deputy should succeed the incumbent. That is the tradition,” NUM general secretary David Sipunzi said.
Picking Zuma’s successor may not be rosy, considering the growing factionalism in the party; disputes and controversial opinions about ‘likely’ successors. Although the ANC has not officially opened the succession debate, the party once said it will find it difficult choosing between deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa and Zuma’s ex-spouse Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
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For many, Ramaphosa lacks the charisma and is too cold to lead the country. But then, replacing Zuma with Dlamini-Zuma is as good as replacing “oneself with one”.
Commenting on the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL)’s choice of a female president (ie AU Commission chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma); Sipunzi rejected the campaign. She asserted; that it will be an insult to women if she runs for the post of SA president .
“This thing of a woman president is a bad campaigning tool. It is an insult to women to say only now that they are ready for bigger things,” he opined.
However, there are fears that the debate on the ANC succession would divide Cosatu; which is presently weakened and crippled by the shocking exit of the Food and Allied Workers’ Union (FAWU).