Deputy-president title in hot demand, top ANC members tussle for spot

Deputy-president title in hot demand, top ANC members tussle for spot

- As the ANC begin to secure their parliamentary list after winning to 2019 South African Elections, high-profile party members vie for the prestigious position of deputy-president

- SA president, Cyril Ramaphosa, is expected to rid his cabinet of MPs who have been implicated in corrupt dealings

- This means that current deputy, David Mabuza, may not be moving forward in this same position

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The African National Congress (ANC) may have won the elections this past weekend, but there is still a great deal of decisions to be made regarding South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet.

The president has promised South Africans a trimmed cabinet, one which will not be including any MPs who have been embroiled in corruption scandals.

This is a big ask of Ramaphosa, as a significant amount of people on the ANC’s candidate list were criticized for their links to shady dealings and mismanagement.

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One of the top candidates for the position of deputy-president appears to be Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who currently holds the position of Minister in the Presidency for the National Planning Commission for Policy and Evaluation.

According to IOL, another hot contender is International Relations and Co-operation Minister, Lindiwe Sisulu.

Thami ka Plaatjie, advisor to Sisulu, recently confirmed these rumours.

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“We are aware of growing voices that seek her to ascend the position of deputy president and those that wish for a credible female candidate. But she is too focused on ANC and international relations work to give any attention to such overtures,” he said.

As for Dlamini-Zuma, gleaned that she is indeed high up on SA’s list of potential deputy-presidents.

When asked about the situation, ANC Women’s League secretary, Meokgo Matuba, explained:

“We have heard about it, but we can’t say anything”.

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