As all roads lead to Kimberly, Northern Cape for the 54th ANC annual conference which will take place from the 16th to the 20th December 2017, Presidential hopeful Dlamini Zuma has warned against those considering her a Zuma- ally who would only end up ruining the ANC if she becomes the President.
In an exclusive interview with an independent Media, the ANC presidential hopeful once again tried to allay the fear that her administration would be like Zuma’s if she becomes President.
She also related her confidence that the African National Congress (ANC) will do well at the crucial 2019 polls under her leadership, adding that South Africans knew her track record in government, and this would boost the ANC’s fortunes under her stewardship.
“I believe the ANC will actually win (the elections) even better because it will be a change and not the continuation of what is there now,” she said.
“I’m a cadre who has a vast experience in government and the country can say when I’m in government this is what I have done. South Africans will know that I’m very decisive. I don’t sing about things, I act,” Dlamini Zuma’ added.
Her comment came as she receives another nod to ascend to the party highest office from the ANC’s second biggest province, Mpumalanga, although many branches preferred a candidate, “Unity”, who will unite the party.
North West and the Free State have also thrown their weight behind her, while Western Cape, Northern Cape and Eastern Cape prefer Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The Eastern Cape ANC had, on the other hand, threw its weight around the Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, saying he would be the best candidate to redirect the course of the ANC to the right path and to restore the country’s economy.
The branch nomination results are a big blow for two key lobbyists for the Dlamini-Zuma campaign – Teris Ntutu of the Amathole region and Andile Lungisa of Nelson Mandela Bay – with the results of their regions indicating that they failed to make inroads at branch level.
The situation was even worse in Nelson Mandela Bay, where only eight branches voted for Dlamini- Zuma and 25 backed Ramaphosa.
Another Dlamini-Zuma lobbyist, Mfundo Bongela, also received disappointing results, with only six of his 28 branches in Joe Gqabi endorsing Dlamini-Zuma.
The rest endorsed Ramaphosa to succeed President Jacob Zuma after the ANC’s national elective conference later this month.
Meanwhile, the South African Communist Party (SACP) is threatening to disassociate itself from the ANC if Dlamini Zuma succeeds in becoming the ANC president.
The party is said to be making plans with Cosatu to form a new party and contest elections in 2019 if Zuma’s choice becomes the party’s new president.
Dlamini Zuma has, however, said that it would be a tragedy if the SACP chose to go it alone. “It will not help the SACP, it will subtract from the alliance. There will always be tensions in the alliance, but it should be a healthy tension,” she said.