With the much-anticipated African National Congress (ANC) elective conference just over a month away, top contenders – Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma have continued to get endorsements across party structures in numerous provinces.
While Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma started out as the favourite, her endorsements, however, have not been as frequent as many expected.
Recently, multiple sources reported that Ramaphosa has an edge in the race to become the next leader of the ANC, according to a survey of analysts.
In a rare TV interview with Gupta-owned ANN7 on Thursday, Cyril’s closest rival, Dlamini-Zuma said she’s not surprised that white people are not endorsing her presidential ambition.
The former AU Chairperson, who looked and acted confidently throughout the interview, asserted that she’s aware that those kicking against her presidential policy are mostly white people and some people from the black elite.
“I‘m not afraid. I‘m not afraid of them. But I‘m not surprised white minority capital is not endorsing me,” she said on ANN7 television.
If elected, Dlamini-Zuma said her open priority will be to transfer wealth from the white minority to the poorer black majority.
Asked if her policies will scare away business investors, the ANC presidential hopeful replied: “If we have to choose between our people having a better life and investment, that’s not a choice.”
She also disclosed that she has been engaging with business people in order to find solutions to the economic crisis in the country. Dlamini-Zuma said she believes one person alone cannot change the economy because “if it was that simple then the economy would change because those people are already in the government”.
Apart from preaching the Radical Economic Transformation (RET) policy, Dlamini-Zuma is also campaigning on the promise to restore unity in the ruling party.
While delivering a Charlotte Maxeke memorial lecture at a packed Ugu Sports and Leisure Centre, in Gamalakhe, on the lower south coast of KZN in August, she told the crowd that she believes the contestation of leadership positions in the ANC’s upcoming December election conference “should not be the beginning of a conflict because whoever wins would be elected democratically.”
The ANC elective conference holds in December. Delegates from the ruling party are expected to vote for a new party president during the conference.
Dlamini Zuma, Sisulu Lindiwe, Jeff Radebe, Zweli Mkhize, Baleka Mbete are all expected to face Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, a unionist-turned-millionaire businessman who is more popular with foreign investors.
The winner of the party’s presidential post will, of course, contend with opposition candidates either at an election in 2019 or before if Zuma stands down or is forced out by the new ANC leadership next year.