Mkhize rises as pre­ferred deputy for Ramaphosa

Is Sisulu los­ing grip ahead of ANC poll?

Sowetan - - News - By Ng­wako Mod­jadji

ANC trea­surer-gen­eral Zweli Mkhize is emerg­ing as an al­ter­na­tive to serve as deputy pres­i­dent in the Cyril Ramaphosa slate should Ramaphosa be suc­cess­ful at the ANC na­tional elec­tive con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber.

Mkhize, one of the ANC pres­i­den­tial hope­fuls, has made in­roads in Eastern Cape, Lim­popo and his home province of KwaZulu-Natal.

Ini­tially, Hu­man Set­tle­ments Min­is­ter Lindiwe Sisulu was touted as the pre­ferred deputy to Ramaphosa, but her re­cent ques­tion­ing of ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Gwede Man­tashe’s Strug­gle cre­den­tials ap­pears to have an­gered many ANC mem­bers, in­clud­ing Ramaphosa’s sup­port­ers.

Mkhize was nom­i­nated for the deputy pres­i­dency by the Milo Malatjie branch in the Peter Mok­aba re­gion of Lim­popo.

The Nt­sizwa branch in the Al­fred Nzo re­gion of Eastern Cape has en­dorsed Mkhize to re­place Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma as ANC pres­i­dent and Ramaphosa as his deputy.

Man­tashe is tipped for the na­tional chair po­si­tion while for­mer ANC KwaZulu-Natal chair­man Senzo Mchunu is tipped for the sec­re­tary-gen­eral po­si­tion.

Paul Mashatile was nom­i­nated for the trea­surer-gen­eral post. The branch wants na­tional coun­cil of prov­inces’ Thandi Modise as the deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral.

The ANC Amakha­bela branch in the Inkosi Bhambatha re­gion in KwaZulu-Natal has nom­i­nated Mkhize to be Ramaphosa’s deputy.

Inkosi Bhambatha re­gional sec­re­tary Lucky Moloi said branch nom­i­na­tions were a con­tro­ver­sial sub­ject.

“A lot of pro­ce­dures have been ironed out. I don’t want any­one to con­tra­vene those pro­ce­dures,” Moloi said, de­clin­ing to com­ment fur­ther.

The ANC Ivory Park branch in the Greater Jo­han­nes­burg re­gion in Gaut­eng has also fea­tured the name of Mkhize in the Ramaphosa’s slate. The branch has nom­i­nated Mkhize for the deputy pres­i­dent po­si­tion.

A branch leader, who re­fused to be named, said part of the rea­son for nom­i­nat­ing Mkhize was be­cause the ANC needed a win­ning team for the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions.

“It is the gen­eral feel­ing of ANC mem­bers that if we don’t self-cor­rect now 2019 is go­ing to be dif­fi­cult for us. Mkhize has proven to be some­one who is beyond re­proach. He has given a good ac­count of him­self,” the branch leader said.

The branch is also back­ing Mabuza to be the na­tional chair­man, Sisulu to be sec­re­tary-gen­eral, for­mer ANC Youth League sec­re­tary-gen­eral Vuy­iswa Tulelo to be deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral.

Mashatile is favoured to be trea­surer-gen­eral.

Pro­ce­dures have been ironed out. I don’t want any one to con­tra­vene th­ese pro­ce­dures Lucky Moloi INKOSI BHAMBATHA RE­GIONAL SEC­RE­TARY

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