NC backs Ramaphosa

2017-09-13 06:02
Enormous support was shown for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in the Northern Cape during the ANC Cadres Assembly on Sunday (10/09).Photos: Boipelo Mere

Enormous support was shown for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in the Northern Cape during the ANC Cadres Assembly on Sunday (10/09).Photos: Boipelo Mere

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The call for a female president of the country has been described as a disguised campaign by Pres Jacob Zuma to serve a third term.

This was said at the CR17 ANC Cadres Assembly held in Kimberley on Sunday (10/09).

Support was declared for presidential hopeful Cyril Ramaphosa at this event.

“You cannot call for a female president as a successor and tell the people to elect your wife,” Zamani Saul, provincial chairperson of the ANC, said.

The members of the ANC also called for an end to corruption in which only a few families benefit from the country’s riches while the Northern Cape is suffering from the high rate of unemployment.

Speaking at the fully-packed Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre, Saul announced that the province was backing Ramaphosa as the next president.The event promised overwhelming support for Ramaphosa with attendance from ANC members from the Free State, including the ANC Womens League.

He referred to their obligation to stick to the 1949 ANC policy conference which specified the process of electing a president.He expressed that it was after a fierce battle between Dr Xuma and Dr Moroka.Quoting on the blue book process Saul read: “From now on the deputy president of the party shall preferable succeed an outgoing president.”

He said Ramaphosa, whose campaign is anchored in the structures of the ANC, was elected as the 13th ANC secretary general and would be elected as the 13th president of the ANC.

The chairperson noted the similarities between this event and Zuma’s election campaign launch in September 2007, where the Northern Cape hosted Zuma and ANC members openly declared their support. Saul pledged his support to Ramaphosa.“Today I am going to repeat exactly what I said ten years ago when were hosted comrade Zuma at the Open Air Arena when he was the deputy president of the ANC and was under severe attack,” Saul said.

He compared the current pledge to support Ramaphosa to the one in 2007 when Zuma was supported in spite of severe attacks on his character. where they hosted president Jacob Zuma who was the then deputy president and suffered severe attacks.Outlining his statement of how

Saul described how history appeared to be repeating itself.

“The town that hosted the conference in 2007 is hosting it again this year. Ramaphosa is under severe attack by those who do not want to see him ascend as the ANC president, just as was the case with Zuma.

“The third similarity is that we are, again, just a week away from the general meetings of the nominations branch.”Saul, however, applauded Mbeki for being difference in form being daring and brave to reveal his intentions, amids advise by Nelson Mandela, and never used the excuse of a women president.

Saul called for the arrest of the Guptas, whom he said have made Luthuli House a strategic centre of their own power.

“We cannot allow our glorious movement to be thrown away by the Guptas.

“We will defeat them in head-to-head political combat from street to street, corner to corner and house to house.”

In support of the launch, the regional secretary of the Frances Baard Region, Webster Dichabe, said the event was mandated by the provincial conference and “not a factional gathering”.In attendance were NEC deployee Phillimon Masiu, James Tyotyo, Eric Dashy, Secretary General hopeful Senzo Mchunu, MKMVA member Martin Makgwale and Thembi Siveya.

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