Ramaphosa for president, says defiant JHB ANCYL

2017-10-07 22:11
ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa. (AFP File)

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa. (AFP File)

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Johannesburg - The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) in the Johannesburg region has endorsed Cyril Ramaphosa as its preferred candidate for the party's national elections in December. 

The regional structure of the ANCYL held its 73rd celebrations of the young lions' anniversary in Hillbrow, central Johannesburg, were Ramaphosa was a guest speaker. 

ANCYL members and supporters donned CR17 Siyavuma T-shirts which have become Ramaphosa's slogan during his campaign. 

The venue was covered with posters of Ramaphosa which read 'Ramaphosa for President'. Delegates and supporters sang songs praising Ramaphosa as the incoming ANC president. 

SA's 'destitute' state

ANCYL leaders Sasabona Manganye said the region was clear in who they preferred as their leader. He said the ANC needed the right direction to take the country out of its "destitute" state.

"There is a problem that is eating the ANC continuously, that is greed, class materialism, conspicuous consumption, corruption... The ANC need to emerge out of this more solid."

He said society demanded the ANC to do the right thing and "the right thing in December is to make Cyril Ramaphosa the president".

Manganye said the ANC could not afford to make a mistake in December.

'Society will punish us'

"If we do not elect Ramaphosa in December, society will punish us. We are not ready as members of the ANC to surrender the ANC and its gravitas in society to parasitic patronage network," he added. 

Manganye said Ramaphosa understood what the fundamental values that make a country are. He cited Ramaphosa's history in the formation of the National Union of Mineworkers and his leadership values as a student leader as well as his role during the Codesa negotiations. 

"We need a leader who understands that business, civil society and politics must go parallel but equal in order to [satisfy] the demands of our people and we have that leader well rounded, holistically in the form of Ramaphosa." 

The ANCYL in Johannesburg is the second in the Gauteng province to pronounce on Ramaphosa despite its national structure proclaiming on Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Earlier in the day, the ANCYL in the West Rand also proclaimed Ramaphosa as its preferred candidate. 

The ANC Youth League disbanded branches in the greater Johannesburg in October 2016. Branches from Johannesburg came under fire for booing ANCYL President Collen Maine at an event in Pretoria at the beginning of 2016.

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