Ramaphosa the favourite to take over ANC reins

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A mock bal­lot con­ducted by the Dur­ban-based Xu­bera In­sti­tute for Re­search and De­vel­op­ment con­cluded that Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa was the favourite to re­place Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma as the pres­i­dent of the ANC, how­ever par­tic­i­pants raised the most num­ber of con­cerns around his trust­wor­thi­ness.

For­mer African Union (AU) Com­mis­sion chair­per­son Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma came in sec­ond – but also not with­out bag­gage – and was closely fol­lowed by Min­is­ter in the Pres­i­dency Jeff Radebe.

Radebe was the most trusted among the three, although the round­table dis­cus­sion in­cluded in the re­port, ti­tled In Search of a Leader Be­fit­ting the As­pi­ra­tions of South Africans, took place early in Fe­bru­ary – be­fore it came to light that he had ex­changed sex­u­ally sug­ges­tive SMSes with a fe­male pres­i­dency staff mem­ber in 2014.

The par­tic­i­pants were “mainly aca­demics, pro­fes­sion­als, peo­ple in busi­ness and civil so­ci­ety”.

Ramaphosa was hailed as “a per­son wealthy enough not to be tempted to dip his hand in the cookie jar; un­der­stands busi­ness and will thus boost in­vestor con­fi­dence; has an un­der­stand­ing of labour is­sues; and his in­volve­ment in the Con­ven­tion for a Demo­cratic SA ne­go­ti­a­tions put him in high stand­ing”.

How­ever, the par­tic­i­pants also cau­tioned that he could “pro­mote the cap­i­tal­ist agenda and would not pay much at­ten­tion to the plight of the poor, and [would con­cen­trate] on high-level strate­gic mat­ters, thus ne­glect­ing lo­cal eco­nomic fo­cus”, and that the “Marikana mas­sacre is still his al­ba­tross”.

Feed­back from par­tic­i­pants also showed that Ramaphosa was seen to have an “in­ter­est in gov­ern­ment busi­ness” and that he was not ac­tively cham­pi­oning the in­ter­ests of young peo­ple.

The re­port said South Africa was ready for a fe­male pres­i­dent, which would work in Dlamini-Zuma’s favour as

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