ANC in KwaDukuza welcomes Cyril Ramaphosa’s rise to presidency

2018-02-28 06:00
PHOTO: SUPPLIEDThe newly elected president of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa during his swearing into office last Thursday.

PHOTO: SUPPLIEDThe newly elected president of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa during his swearing into office last Thursday.

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THE African National Congress in the Greater KwaDukuza Region has welcomed the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as the country’s fifth president following the resignation of Jacob Zuma on Wednesday, February 14.

Ramaphosa was sworn in as the country’s first citizen following lengthy negotiations between the ANC’s national executive committee and the then president Zuma for him to step down and allow for a smooth transition of power.

The events of last week left the country shaken as there was uncertainty about the future of Zuma, whose term was set to end in 2019.

It is unclear what was discussed behind closed doors between the president of the ANC, his top six and Zuma.

The news of Zumas recall and subsequent resignation was met with mixed reaction in KwaZulu-Natal where he, along with the ruling party, enjoys massive support.

The Stanger Weekly spoke to several leaders of the ANC in the Greater KwaDukuza Region to hear their views on the recent developments.

Zibuyisile Khuzwayo-Dlamini, chairperson of the ANC Women’s League in the region, said that they subscribe to the democratic centralisation in the ANC and are in line with every decision taken.

“We are not against the decision taken by the NEC to recall the president. We have heard that some in the province want to boycott the decision of the national executive but as the women’s league in this region, we welcome the election of the new president and we will rally behind his leadership,” said Dlamini.

It is now history that the women’s league in the region backed Nkosazana Dlamini -Zuma as a women president at the ANC’s national conference.

Speaking on behalf of the ANC in the region, secretary Thabani Mdlalose said that they had held a meeting over the weekend in order to be briefed by NEC members on the decisions taken recently.

“We had invited branches on Saturday to engage with NEC members on the recent developments in the country but there was no NEC member in attendance.

“As a region, we were not happy with how this matter was handled as we feel as though the NEC did not handle it very well, but all the branches of the ANC in the region have accepted the decision and we welcome the new president and give him unconditional support,” said Mdlalose.

There were also sentiments from the ANC Youth League, whose regional secretary Musa Zondi said that as the youth league, they support the decisions made by the organisation.

“ The ANC’s NEC is at liberty to take decisions about its leaders that not everyone will be happy with.

“So we believe that when the higher structure makes decision, such are binding,” said.

All structures of the ANC in the region are yet to make official statements to the media and public with regards to their stance on these developments.

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