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THE African National Congress in Gauteng has thrown it’s weight behind party deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed president Jacob Zuma at the December conference.
In a letter sent to regions, Provincial Secretary Hope Papo said Ramaphosa’s name was presented to the National Executive Committee for consideration.
“As part of reporting back to BECs, hereby receive the names of comrades agreed to by the PEC and presented to the Proviancial Assembly on Tuesday 3 October for consideration for the NEC during the nomination process. Cde Cyril Ramaphosa for position of President, he said.
The province also submitted names for positions of National Office Bearers and they included Ramaphosa’s rival Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
“Following engagements within the province and with other provinces, the names will be further discussed by the PEC for purposes of placing them in specific positions,” said Papo.
Lindiwe Sisulu came second behind Ramaphosa followed by Dlamini-Zuma, Zweli Mkhize, Gwede Mantashe, David Mabuza, SABC board deputy chairperson Febe Potgieter-Gqubule, Senzo Mchunu, Vuyelwa Tulelo, Paul Mashatile and Jessie Duarte.
“In addition, the following PEC members are proposed for consideration for the NEC. Nkenke Kekana, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa, Mondli Gungubele, Mandla Nkomfe, Lindiwe Maseko, Peter Skosana,” he said.
Papo said Dipuo Mvelase indicated that she would not have enough time to be involved. Barbara Creecy and Brian Hlongwa were the other names mentioned.
The list comes a day after Ramaphosa’s preferred NEC composition was leaked to the media. It contained the names mentioned by the Gauteng PEC.