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Prece­dence in the ANC is that the deputy pres­i­dent of the rul­ing party takes over the po­si­tion of pres­i­dent. But the same could pos­si­bly not ap­ply for Ramaphosa if those lob­by­ing for a fe­male pres­i­dent have num­bers on their side at the 2017 elec­tive con­fer­ence.

Ramaphosa has kept mum about the is­sue of a fe­male pres­i­dent, but those close to him say he is not happy about the de­bate, which he sees as a sub­tle way to re­ject him in­di­rectly.

Some within the ANC are of the view that it is still too early for suc­ces­sion de­bates, but oth­ers be­lieve this could dent his chances of emerg­ing as the vic­tor.

Ramaphosa may not be favoured by fun­da­men­tal­ists in the ANC’s com­mu­nist bloc, who view him as a cap­i­tal­ist be­cause of his back­ground in busi­ness in re­cent years.

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