The National Executive Committee of South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) has had harsh words against the move by the ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) to endorse Nkosazana-Dlamini-Zuma, the outgoing Chaiperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, to become the party’s next president.
President Jacob Zuma, who is also the ANC presidebt, said in a statement issued by the NEC on Sunday, a day after the endorsement announcement by the ANCWL, that the debate to nominate his successor remains shut.
The NEC has had harsh words against factionalism and the abuse of branches ahead of the party’s elective conference in December. The names of the contenders for Zuma’s seat are in the hat.
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), which has no voting rights, wants South African Deputy President and the current deputy party leader, Cyril Ramaphosa, while the ANCWL, with voting rights, is campaigning for Nkosana Dlamini-Zuma, a former foreign minister and home affairs (interior) minister.
ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe had previously warned against pronouncing on names 11 months before the conference, classifying it as lobbying.
With the current leadership’s term coming to an end, it has its work cut out amid growing frustration over inequality and land redistribution.
From accelerating distribution of publicly built RDP houses and title deeds to the on-going battle against corruption and a drop in electoral support, it is questionable what the legacy of the outgoing leadership will be.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK