- Nearly 200 ANC branches in KZN backed Ramaphosa
- This goes against tribal loyalty
-There have been a record number of legal actions hampering this election process
Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma are the two most likely contenders to take over leadership of the ANC. KZN has a largely Zulu support base and it is expected for them to vote for another tribe member.
The fact that nearly 200 branches in KZN voted for Ramaphosa shows Bheki Cele, ANC National Executive Committee member, that they are showing maturity.
Cele made these statements during an interview with News24.
Briefly.co.za also learned that Cele said ‘the ANC was born for different tribes to work together’. Cele himself was asked as to why he would support a Venda ‘if you are a Zulu?’
According to Cele people in the eThekwini region had selected Ramaphosa as their candidate despite threats and attempts to suppress their freedom of choice. This shows that the ANC is for all South Africans not just a particular tribe.
As reported by Mail&Guardian the ANC has seen the biggest number of legal challenges ever in relation to its branch general meetings leading up to this conference. This has had an impact in the Eastern Cape, Kwazulu-Natal, the North West and the Free State.
Cele does not believe all the legal actions would affect the conference itself. The lead up to the conference is usually filled with strife. He drew comparisons between the current conference and the one in Polokwane in 2007, saying that if the 52nd national conference had not fallen apart, nor would this one.
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