Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is leading the race to become the next president of the African National Congress (ANC) according to a new poll released by Markdata and African Response.
The companies polled ANC members who voted for the party in 2014 and 2016 in the Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.
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Respondents said that they had faith in Ramaphosa because they believe he is competent, trustworthy and won’t easily succumb to corruption. ANC members also believe that he has the necessary political credentials to lead the country and heal rifts within the party and its alliance partners.
Briefly.co.za learned from eNCA.com that members are concerned by Ramaphosa’s links to the Marikana massacre, his association with big business and recent revelations about marital infidelity.
ANC members feel that Ramaphosa has what it takes to lead the party forward and to rid it of the current stigma of corruption and looting of state resources. Ramaphosa’s campaign which promises to return the ANC to its old value system and stamp out corrupt officials have hit a cord with ANC members.
The deputy president and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma are widely believed to be the frontrunners in the race to take the reins from President Zuma in December. Other candidates include Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete, ANC Treasurer General Zweli Mkhize, Jeff Radebe and ANC veteran Dr Matthews Phosa.
Ramaphosa has already secured the support of the ANC provincial executives in Gauteng, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape. The ANC’s alliance partners have also given their support to his campaign.
The ANC will hold its 54th national elective conference in less than 60 days from the 16th to 20th December in Johannesburg.
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Source: Briefly News