Deciding on who the next ANC leader will be might be more difficult than we thought, says chairman of the ruling party in KwaZulu-Natal, Sihle Zikalala.
Despite the fact that the ANC has no term limits for its presidency, many think that the current leader President Jacob Zuma will not be coming back for a third term.
Meanwhile, both Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who are the competing candidates for the prominent position possess all the desired qualities making it harder to choose a successor to the present ANC leader.
According to Zikalala who is one of the most influential people in ANC, the African Union Commission chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa are on opposite sides of the ANC’s succession war.
Before he became the leader of the party’s largest province in terms of membership, it appeared Zikalala was not a fan of Ramaphosa as he did not show much support to the calls for him to be made the next ANC leader in 2017.
During an interview in November 2014 at the time he was the provincial secretary of the party, Zikalala said he did not have a problem “personally” when it comes to Ramaphosa succeeding Zuma in 2017.
Zkalala was of the that when a person who was the vice ascends to the post of president, it breeds unity.
However, Zikalala surprised everyone when he pointed out Dlamini-Zuma on Tuesday as a worthy candidate of the post. He said that the party will “be faced with a problem of choosing the best among the best” by next year.
“Comrade Nkosazana and comrade Cyril are the best cadres of the organisation and, come 2017, the ANC will be faced with a problem of choosing the best among the best,” Zikalala said.
His answer when he was reminded of his earlier stance is that the issue of leadership in ANC “was not subjected to personal feelings”, but a collective decision of the party.