2 deputy presidents for SA?

2014-02-16 09:27
(Dan Calderwood, News24)

(Dan Calderwood, News24)

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Pretoria - South Africa’s government could be in for a major face-lift after it emerged that sensitive discussions within the ANC are under way to appoint two deputy presidents.

According to the Sunday Times, such changes would pave the way for Baleka Mbete to return to the executive. Mbete, the party’s national chairperson, has already accepted the nomination to become an MP. It is understood that she is being touted for the new position.

President Jacob Zuma plans to appoint ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa as his first deputy if the ANC wins the 7 May elections. According to a senior ANC source, Mbete’s role would be to focus on governance while Ramaphosa would assist Zuma with the running of the country.

However, such a move would require an amendment to the constitution and the agreement of opposition parties to achieve a two-thirds majority.

Campaigning

Meanwhile, Ramaphosa on Saturday urged supporters in the Western Cape to launch a grassroots drive to defeat the Democratic Alliance in the province in the upcoming elections.

"Let us be ready to return the ANC back into power here in the Western Cape," Ramaphosa told about 200 party supporters in Lwandle township outside Somerset West.

"This can only happen if the ANC is strong at branch level ... Luthuli House cannot do everything.

"[It] will not happen when we are sitting in our offices, it will only happen if we come out of our offices and go into the areas ... in every area, every township, every village," he added.

Ramaphosa accused DA leader Helen Zille of neglecting delivery in the province, while trying to attract publicity with the party's march on the ANC headquarters last week.

"Wherever we go, they are crying tears because of poor service. Coloured people tell us they also want the ANC but we have to infiltrate," he added, switching smoothly between English, Xhosa and Zulu.

Ramaphosa was one of four ANC leaders to campaign in the Western Cape at the weekend.

Secretary general Gwede Mantashe, treasurer general Zweli Mkhize, and deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte were addressing communities as far afield as Paarl, Grabouw and Saldanha as part of the concerted drive to oust the DA.


Read more on:    anc  |  jacob zuma  |  baleka mbete  |  cyril ramaphosa  |  politics
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