The National Union of Miners has publicly declared their support for Deputy President Ramaphosa Cyril to succeed President Jacob Zuma as the next leader of the African National Congress (ANC).
The union which is one of the biggest unions in the country re-echoed its support for Ramaphosa on Monday in a statement. NUM general secretary David Sipunzi said the union decided to back Ramaphosa because he is the only one fit to wear the crown.
Sipunzi was speaking to reporters on the outcome of the union’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting that took place last week. He said “the NEC reminded itself that the 2016 Central Committee of the NUM has, in early June, taken a decision to support the candidacy of Cyril Ramaphosa for president. This is not only based on the tradition of the ANC, but also on the suitability of the candidate.”
He added that “the NEC reminded itself that the 2016 Central Committee of the NUM has, in early June, taken a decision to support the candidacy of Cyril Ramaphosa for president. This is not only based on the tradition of the ANC, but also on the suitability of the candidate.”
More so, there are strong indications that many investors in the country will likely queue behind the deputy president because they believe Ramaphosa is more likely to foster pro-business policies.
Ramaphosa Cyril, a wealthy businessman and founding member of NUM will likely fight for South Africa’s number one position with President Zuma’s ex-spouse Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at ANC conference late next year. Currently, Dlamini-Zuma is the chairperson of the African Union Commission.
President Zuma’s tenure as ANC president ends in 2019 and the party is expected to choose a new leader ahead of national elections in 2019; when he will step down as SA president.
In the meantime, Dlamini Zuma’s prospects of succeeding Zuma is still bleak considering the fact that she has so far earned the support of the ANCWL and some Zuma’s allies.
Last week, her efforts were further frustrated after the Young Communist League (YCL) – the youth wing of the SACP vowed not to back any candidates supported by the ANCWL, Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) or the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) as Zuma’s successor.