With two months to go to the poll that decides who will become the next leader of the ruling party, presidential hopeful, Cyril Ramaphosa has received the endorsement of South African politician and former parliamentary leader of the Democratic Alliance, Lindiwe Mazibuko.
Speaking at a panel discussion on the role of business in current South Africa on Tuesday, the Swaziland-born DA politician said Zuma’s deputy is the most qualified candidate to take over the reins of leadership.
Lindiwe Mazibuko condemned the way Zuma has been approaching the upcoming ANC elective conference – like it’s a matter of life and death – alleging that the president has been working out ways to shoot his preferred candidate to the top post.
“Unlike Deputy President Ramaphosa‚ who I am supporting – it is not a life and death issue for Ramaphosa but it is for Jacob Zuma‚ if like Schabir Shaik before him‚ he lands up in court and is prosecuted for the 783 charges he faces.”
“President Zuma’s focus is on ensuring that the provinces are in order‚ not legal order‚ but order to get his candidate elected. If they are not in that order‚ that election will be deferred.”
— ClarkHouse (@ClarkHouseAfri) October 5, 2017
Spanking Zuma harder, Lindiwe Mazibuko likened South Africa’s president to his Zimbabwean counterpart, Robert Mugabe‚ who always sleeps when it’s time to address the problems of Zimbabweans but was always “up and alive” when it’s time to talk about Zimbabwe’s security‚ police‚ military and the electoral commission.
“I think of President Zuma in the same way. When talk of what is happening in the structures of the ANC takes place‚ I have heard it repeatedly said that that is when he wakes up and that is when he takes interest.
More than four organizations have supported Cyril Ramaphosa, while several have decided not to endorse any of the candidates.
From what we gathered, President Zuma may end up replacing his ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma with ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize for the top post, in a bid to frustrate Ramaphosa’s presidential ambition.
Mkhize is well-loved by ANC’s influential Paul Mashatile and David Mabuza, who are the provincial chairmen of Gauteng and Mpumalanga and is tipped to take over from Zuma.
Ramaphosa has mostly been barred from campaigning in KwaZulu-Natal, which is ANC’s biggest province. But so far, he has the backing on the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), COSATU and some top ANC officials to become the next president of the ANC
Other presidential hopefuls, Lindiwe Sisulu and Mathews Phosa, also have pockets of support in some provinces, with Sisulu having recently secured a nomination from a branch in the Amathole region, in Eastern Cape.
Last week, Dlamini-Zuma’s faction in the ANC was dealt its second blow in a month when her main rival’s ally (Oscar Mabuyane) was voted in as the party’s new Eastern Cape provincial chairman.
It’s a common knowledge that Zuma and his supporters control the majority of the ANC NEC (approximately 60%) but it’s definitely not going be an easy contest considering the fact that Ramaphosa, who’s campaigning on the promise that he will clean up government has earned for himself quite an impressive number of supporters across many ANC structures.