ANCYL: Cyril Ramaphosa must go to Union Buildings

2013-10-03 16:24

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa must go to the Union Buildings after next year’s elections, the ANC Youth League has said.

National task team convenor Mzwandile Masina told journalists in Johannesburg today: “We are calling on Cyril Ramaphosa to take his rightful place in the Union Buildings after the elections.”

He said Ramaphosa was elected ANC deputy president in Mangaung last year, and by calling him to take up the position of deputy president of the country next year, the ANC decision-making process would be strengthened.

“The fact that Ramaphosa accepted to be number two in Mangaung shows that he is ready to take up his place,” he said.

The league also said it was behind President Jacob Zuma, who is expected to serve for a second term after next year’s elections.

The league defended Zuma against allegations by a senior defence force member that he gave direct instructions for the landing of the Guptas’ plane at the air force base in Waterkloof in May.

Masina said just because the allegation was in a sworn affidavit, it didn’t mean it was factually correct.

“I have never seen the president landing planes. It is unfair to link him to that,” he said.

The league also said it was on track to rebuild branches and have its conference by the September 2014 deadline.

Even though the league was penniless, the ANC would be picking up the bills, Masina said.

Despite threats of prosecution earlier for those who had squandered league money, Masina said nobody would be disciplined. More tweets from the conference:

MT @carienduplessis: #ANCYL NTT convenor @mzwandileMasina: 167 days since NTT appointed. Disbanded, reconstituted some structures #ANCYL — City Press Online (@City_Press) October 3, 2013
MT @carienduplessis: Why did #ANCYL keep media in dark about GP & EC disbandment? Shaka Sisulu: No rule compels YL to communicate in 24 hrs — City Press Online (@City_Press) October 3, 2013
MT @carienduplessis: Masina: Won't put in place structures in GP & EC until appeals concluded. ANC looking for political indulgence #ANCYL — City Press Online (@City_Press) October 3, 2013
RT @carienduplessis: Masina: We can't undermine the signature of the president on #etolls but we have to continue to engage #ANCYL — City Press Online (@City_Press) October 3, 2013
RT @carienduplessis: Masina: #etolls isn't just a DA issue, but affects our constituency too. Has been signed, but just a signature #ANCYL — City Press Online (@City_Press) October 3, 2013

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