Ramaphosa leads ANC succession race

JOHANNESBURG – With less than two weeks to ANC’s 54th national conference in Nasrec, Johannesburg, Vice President Cyril Ramaphosa  claims a lion’s share of support than his main rival, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

Seven provinces of South Africa are backing Cyril Ramaphosa for ANC president whilst Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has proved to be firm in the North West and is also the favourite in KwaZulu-Natal, where she enjoys enviable support.

Political analysts say the race is still even, and it is hard to conclude who will become ANC president and succeed President Jacob Zuma in two weeks’ time.

“Members of ANC are responsible for choosing their own leader and since they are taking a secret ballot, I think results will be free and fair but from the way I am standing, I believe it’s still 50/50” Dumisani Hlophe said, political analyst.

Hlophe added that as much as Cyril Ramaphosa seems to be in a good position to win, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is not to be underestimated given the influence she has.

He also acknowledged that nominations by ANC branches may indicate support prior to the final vote.

The conference, slated from the 16th to the 20th of December, will see members of ANC voting for the top six positions as well as for the additional 80 elected National Executive Committee members.

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