‘Cyril must unite us’ ‘En­sure that you (Ramaphosa) lead us into unity. De­liver us from state cap­ture ...’

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COL­LEC­TIVE mes­sages of sup­port for Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa and calls for him to re­store the ANC were yes­ter­day ex­pressed by the party’s al­liance part­ners dur­ing the Cadres Assem­bly at the Mit­tah Seperepere Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Kim­ber­ley.

The al­liance also ex­pressed its sup­port for for­mer KwaZulu-Na­tal premier, Senzo Mchunu, to take the reins from ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe.

Mchunu was one of the party lead­ers who at­tended yes­ter­day’s event.

The pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary of the SACP, Nor­man Shushu, echoed pro­nounce­ments that Ramaphosa was the pre­ferred pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of the ANC al­liance part­ners.

“The al­liance in the North­ern Cape was united in its col­lec­tive de­ci­sion to sup­port Ramaphosa as the up­com­ing pres­i­dent. As the SACP, we can­not be op­pos­ing the col­lec­tive de­ci­sion. Com­rade Ramaphosa can lead us in a united man­ner,” said Shushu.

“En­sure that you (Ramaphosa) lead us into unity. De­liver us from state cap­ture and the loot­ing of state re­sources. Bring back the in­tegrity of the peo­ple and the move­ment as well as the con­fi­dence the peo­ple have in the or­gan­i­sa­tion. It is in the in­ter­est of the peo­ple that you must lead,” Shushu told Ramaphosa.

He added that Ramaphosa’s po­lit­i­cal and lead­er­ship record made him the per­fect can­di­date for the pres­i­den­tial post.

“Peo­ple know you are a man of in­tegrity and that you will serve them. You have never shied away from tak­ing lead­er­ship com­mit­ments. You have grown in this or­gan­i­sa­tion and did not come when it was nice to be in the or­gan­i­sa­tion … you have earned your stripes,” Shushu said.

The first deputy pres­i­dent of Cosatu, Tsotso James, sup­ported Shushu’s com­ments and said that the cred­i­bil­ity of the ANC lies in the hands of Ramaphosa.

“Com­rade Cyril is our last hope to re­store re­spect and in­tegrity of the party back to the peo­ple. We have a right to ex­press who should lead the party. Ramaphosa has re­stored the minework­ers and we want him to do the same to the ANC,” said James.

He also had a warn­ing for Ramaphosa. “Com­rade Ramaphosa be vig­i­lant dur­ing the elec­tive con­fer­ence … do not al­low votes to be bought. When you are elected, you must en­sure that you re­voke the cit­i­zen­ship of the Gup­tas.”

The pro­vin­cial chair­per­son of the Umkhonto we Sizwe Mil­i­tary Veter­ans As­so­ci­a­tion, Martin Mok­ga­tle, lam­basted re­ports that the or­gan­i­sa­tion sup­ported any other can­di­date than Ramaphosa.

“It was a back­door an­nounce­ment that was made to state who MK is sup­port­ing. In the North­ern Cape, we have de­cided not take such un­prin­ci­pled de­ci­sions. It has been the tra­di­tion of the ANC that all deputy pres­i­dents should be next in line to oc­cupy the po­si­tion of pres­i­dent,” Mok­ga­tle said.

The re­gional sec­re­tary of the ANC, Web­ster Dich­aba, also said that Ramaphosa was the right per­son for the job.

“In De­cem­ber we will have a leader that will fight for the plight of the peo­ple. We are tired of hav­ing a gov­ern­ment where only a select few can ben­e­fit.”

Dich­aba said that the cam­paign for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to be the next pres­i­dent was merely a way for Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma to re­main in power. “We be­lieve that women are ready to lead, but it should not be used in an op­por­tunis­tic man­ner.”

A Pro­vin­cial Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee mem­ber of the ANC Youth League in the North­ern Cape, Dalux­olo Vu­ma­zonke, added its sup­port for Ramaphosa, stat­ing that it would fol­low the de­ci­sions made by the par­ent body in the Prov­ince.

“It is un­der your lead­er­ship that we are un­shak­ably go­ing to sup­port the per­spec­tive of the ANC in the North­ern Cape. We are youn g peo­ple who re­side in this Prov­ince and we shall fol­low the res­o­lu­tion that was taken in Coles­berg.

“It can­not be us who have a dif­fer­ent per­spec­tive from that of the ANC be­cause we are the Youth League of the or­gan­i­sa­tion,” Vu­ma­zonke said.

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