- Cyril Ramaphosa has said that the ANC's election lists don't reflect the feelings of many voters he has encountered
- He said the party should deal with the list sensitively
- This follows accusations that Ace Magashule tampered with the list
Cyril Ramaphosa has reportedly warned the ANC to be cautious when dealing with issues relating to the party's election lists.
The president said this was because voters were "angry".
According to insiders, Ramaphosa made the comments at a special meeting of the ANC's NEC at Saint George's Hotel in Tshwane.
This comes after considerable controversy over the lists, due to the inclusion of several candidates implicated in corruption, such as Nomvula Mokonyane and Malusi Gigaba.
At the NEC meeting, some party members reportedly defending the list, saying it was the result of a democratic process, according to News24.
However, Ramaphosa rejected this argument. He said this did not reflect the feelings of many voters he had met while campaigning. He added that many voters were deeply unhappy with government, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
The party has since decided to have the election lists inspected by an integrity commission following several public complaints. However, Ace Magashule has dismissed these complaints, saying that they are invalid because they do not meet the requirements set out in the Electoral Act.
This is not the only way in which Magashule has been linked unfavourably to the election lists. He has also been accused of tampering with the list of candidates - an allegation which he has similarly rejected.
Several of the high-ranking candidates on the election lists are allied with Ace Magashule, while those closer to Ramaphosa - such as Pravin Gordhan and Derek Hanekom - appear relatively low.
This suggests that the faction struggles within the party are far from over.
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