Cyril Ramaphosa camp in KwaZulu-Natal fights back

23 July 2017. What Ramaphosa told Zuma about state capture and the need for a commission? Cyril Ramaphosa South African politician, businessman, activist, and trade union leader who has served as the Deputy President under President Jacob Zuma since 2014, sat down with the Sunday Times at his private residency in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, Gauteng. Picture: Moeletsi Mabe/Sunday Times

PIETERMARITZBURG – The Cyril Ramaphosa camp in KwaZulu- Natal has claim it is enjoying a lot of support as the presidential hopeful is preparing to make his way to the province this week. This visit is in spite of suggestions that Ramaphosa’s supporters have recently been on the back foot in the province.

In recent days, his supporters have stepped in their mobilisation activities across branches in the province. “It is about rescuing the African National Congress- more and more people in the province are beginning to take responsibility and are doing whatever is necessary to salvage our organisation,” these are words by Sthembiso Mshengu, who is a former ANC Youth League leaders and now prominent in the Ramaphosa campaign.

The deputy president is scheduled to speak at an event in Imbali in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday.

Mshungu said the group’s leaders are now convinced more than ever that Cyril Ramaphosa is the right candidate to lead the party.

“Unlike in previous months, thousands of ANC members in KwaZulu- Natal are now speaking out against the manner in which the organisation is being run – they are tired of a leadership that refuses to look into the grievances,” he said.

Supports of Ramaphosa received major victory following last month’s Pietermaritzburg high court judgment that nullified the 2015 ANC Provincial leadership elections.


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