Ramaphosa’s campaign ‘thwarted’

2017-08-31 06:01

CYRIL Ramaphosa’s attempts to bring his campaign trail to the South Coast on Monday were dealt a blow when President Jacob Zuma flew down unexpectedly and called him to an urgent meeting.

This was less than two hours before he was to take to the stage as keynote speaker at a cadre’s forum in Gamalakhe.

Zuma flew to San Lameer Golf Estate in a military helicopter just after midday on Monday.


Ramaphosa, ANC and SA’s deputy president, seeks to succeed Zuma as ANC president after the party’s elective conference in December.

Some party insiders have come out and said Zuma did this to prevent Ramaphosa from campaigning on the South Coast.

ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) member Bheki Cele had to address the forum while Ramaphosa was tied up with Zuma in San Lameer.

Ramaphosa’s visit followed that of Minister of Department of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane on Sunday in Uvongo Town Hall.

Mokonyane, a Zuma ally, addressed another cadre’s forum and openly campaigned for Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to succeed Zuma as ANC president. The South Coast is vital to both camps as it is the second biggest in the province after eThekwini.

Delivering his address, Cele warned that the party was in danger of losing the 2019 general elections if it did not change its current ways and do things according to its tradition.

He said he was not backing anyone, he was only supporting the tradition and culture of the party, which allows the deputy to take over from the president once the term has ended.

He also said those who stole from government should be brought to book.

In Uvongo a day before, Mokonyane said there was no tradition in the ANC that says there shall be automatic succession to positions.

“The Constitution says there shall be nominations for the top six positions. It does not say that when a position becomes vacant the next in line takes over. There is no step ladder,” said Mokonyane.

She also said the party has always believed in women leaders regardless of who they were married to.

“Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has worked hard for this country and the continent. She is a powerful woman who deserves to serve this country.”

The Lower South Coast region was stripped of its powers by the ANC’s Provincial Executive Committee last month. Representatives from the region met with the party’s national working committee on Monday to present the region’s case.

ANC regional secretary Mzwandile Mkhwanazi said they will invite Ramaphosa again and he will speak.


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