The post local government elections and coalition processes did not just increase the call for Zuma to step down, it also raised the issues about who succeeds him.
This time, the party’s youth League, ANCYL reiterates its demand for a female president.
Opening up the topic once more in a debate by the party on it’s elective congress next year, the ANC Youth League said it would give its full support for a female president as a way of bringing about a leadership change in the party.
The youth League, through its leader Collen Maine told reporters in Johannesburg on Thursday that its will be looking out for female leaders, this time, not just Dlamini-Zuma, but other notable female leaders like ANCWL Bathabile Dlamini
“We support the call for a woman president, in principle. That call we support, but Dlamini-Zuma is not the only female in the ANC. Dlamini can be a president. We agree there must be a change,”
Whether the candidate was Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, or ANC Women’s League president Bathabile Dlamini, the youth league would vote for change. he said.
There has been some disparity in the choice of a successor for Zuma. While The ANCYL clings to supporting a woman leader, a faction of the party looks forward to seeing Zuma’s deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa take over.
In fact, the National Union of Mine workers (NUM) pledged its support for Ramaphosa as future president after warning the party that the election of any candidate from KwaZulu-Natal to succeed Jacob Zuma as ANC’s president in 2017 could be interpreted as tribalism.
Meanwhile, ANCYL leader Maine said there was a need for younger voices in the ANC national executive committee (NEC). He said 66% of the country´s population was made up of young people.
Currently, with only two NEC members representing the youth, they do not have a strong enough voice in the ANC’s leadership.
“We are convinced the ANC in its current form will not be able to defeat its challenge. We must help the ANC. South Africa is a young country that must find expression in the ANC leadership,” he noted.