- ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa intends to appoint Lindiwe Sisulu as his deputy once he becomes president
- Ramaphosa is understood to have also considered Naledi Pandor
- Ramaphosa and Sisulu, are considered to be an ANC dream-team
African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa has reportedly decided to appoint Lindiwe Sisulu as his deputy president once he becomes president of the country.
Sisulu currently serves in President Jacob Zuma’s cabinet as the Minister of Human Settlements. She ran a high-profile campaign to become ANC president last year before settling as Ramaphosa’s choice for deputy president of the party.
Ramaphosa is understood to have considered his initial running mate, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, for the position before settling on Sisulu.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Ramaphosa and Sisulu are considered by many in the ANC as a dream-team in the fight to rid the party of corruption and to renew the image of the 106-year old organisation.
Ramaphosa consulted his trusted allies about which of the women he should choose, the choice of Pandor is said to have come as a surprise to most of Ramaphosa’s inner-circle.
While Pandor is seen as a trusted and clean member of the party she is not seen by party officials as being suitable for leadership.
If Sisulu is appointed she will become the second woman to occupy the position after Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka was appointed as Jacob Zuma’s replacement when Thabo Mbeki fired him in 2005.
Meanwhile, Ramaphosa has called for a special National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Monday. It is believed this meeting will serve as a cut-off point for Zuma to accept the terms of his resignation.
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