Cyril will lead ANC, says Malema

The Times (South Africa) - - The Things You Need To Know Today - — Staff re­porter

● EFF leader Julius Malema has put his head on the block about who will win the ANC’s hotly con­tested lead­er­ship race this week­end.

Malema sug­gested on Thurs­day that Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa would be the rul­ing party’s next pres­i­dent. The ANC is meet­ing from Satur­day to Wed­nes­day to de­cide its fu­ture. A new leader is ex­pected to be an­nounced by Sun­day.

“For those ask­ing for my pre­dic­tions‚ I think he will win‚” Malema tweeted. “I don’t think she (Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma) stands a good chance‚ de­spite her good strug­gle cre­den­tials‚ she’s cur­rently sur­rounded and sup­ported by crooks.”

Malema’s views are in line with nom­i­na­tions from the ANC’s pro­vin­cial gen­eral coun­cils‚ which in­di­cate Ramaphosa is in the lead. But al­le­ga­tions of vote-buy­ing and -rig­ging have swirled in re­cent days‚ sug­gest­ing that Dlamini-Zuma’s camp would go all out to se­cure vic­tory.

Dlamini-Zuma‚ a former cabi­net min­is­ter‚ scoffed at the al­le­ga­tions on Wed­nes­day night‚ say­ing she had put in the work to garner sup­port.

Malema‚ a former ANC youth leader‚ has gained a rep­u­ta­tion for pre­dict­ing devel­op­ments in the gov­ern­ing party.

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