BuzzSouthAfrica has gathered that a deal in which Deputy President C. Ramaphosa would retain his position as South Africa’s number 2 citizen is making the rounds in an ANC factional camp.
If the deal is anything to go by, Ramaphosa would have to withdraw from the 2019 presidential race – which has kept the ANC in limbo till date.
Party insiders disclosed that this move is simply an attempt to avoid a tough battle between the Zuma’s ex-spouse and Ramaphosa. The leadership of the ruling party believes the ANC could be damaged more if both wrestle for the presidential seat.
Meanwhile, reports say supporters of presidential aspirant Dlamini-Zuma have hit the ground running by approaching Ramaphosa’s supporters – in a bid to fine-tune the proposal.
The proposal to have Zuma’s deputy retain his position was first moved by the ANC in North West; which is one of Dlamini-Zuma’s most supportive area. But, it is understood that Ramaphosa enjoys support from ANC supporters in Limpopo and some part of Gauteng.
The SACP and the Young Communist League (YCL) have also thrown their weight behind the country’s second-in-command. Recently, the YCL, the SA Communist Party’s youth wing, gave the strongest indication that the communists want Deputy President C. 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.
On the other hand, South Africa’s largest federation- Cosatu has played cool on Zuma’s successor. The union says it would concentrate on building its structures and affiliates than to inflict more wound on itself over Zuma’s successor.
Meanwhile, the ANC says after its crucial NEC meeting scheduled to hold this weekend, provinces will start engaging on the proposal to endorse Ramaphosa to remain in his position.
That notwithstanding, the ruling party’s next plan is yet to be publicized should Ramaphosa turn down the idea of queuing behind South Africa’s most vocal female presidential aspirant.