- Ramaphosa and Dlamini-Zuma made their first high-profile public appearance together on Monday
- While in KwaZulu-Natal, the new leader called on unity within the ANC
- He also requested all ANC members to support the new leadership and not give the party a bad name
It appears David Mabuza’s dream of unity is coming true. On Monday, Cyril Ramaphosa and his ex-rival, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma were seen together for the first time following the ANC conference in December, last year.
What was expected to be a landslide win for Ramaphosa at the conference, turned out to be a close marginal victory.
The ANC leadership were seen in KwaZulu-Natal, where they partook in various statements prior to the 8 January events.
The traditional 8 January statement, which celebrates the ANC’s 106th anniversary, was due to be delivered in East London on Saturday.
Briefly.co.za gathered that although she was present at the event, Dlamini-Zuma did not make a speech.
"Contestation is now over and the winner was the African National Congress‚" said Ramaphosa.
Ramaphosa called for unity in KwaZUlu-Natal, as he said the party should now get rid of factionalism.
The new ANC president also said he had a meeting with Zuma on Sunday at Dube House in Durban, but he did not elaborate on what they talked about.
He continued by urging provincial chairperson Sihle Zikala and Senzo Mchunu to make peace.
"Yesterday we met his majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini and he said he wants to see a united KwaZulu-Natal ANC leadership. It was also great to see comrade Senzo and Sihle holding hands. What more could you ask for‚" said Ramaphosa.
Ramaphosa then called on all ANC members to support the new leadership in fighting unlawful conduct within its ranks, and "to not soil the reputation" of the ANC.
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