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AT least two political analysts have warned Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s supporters not to “dance before the tune” in relation to the presidency of the ANC.
Ramaphosa has emerged as the front runner after scoring the majority of votes during the branch nominations by party members.
Professors Aubrey Matshiqi and Sipho Seepe say despite Ramaphosa’s lead in the recently concluded branch nominations, ANC national executive committee (NEC) member Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma may still emerge in terms of voting delegates.
They spoke to African Times on Saturday on the sidelines of the ruling party’s 54th National Conference currently underway in Johannesburg. This comes as delegates prepare to vote for the party’s new leadership. Voting is expected tonight and the results are expected on Sunday evening.
Matshiqi warned those in Ramaphosa’s camp not dance before the song plays, saying politics is a “dirty game” and cannot be predicted.
“For me, I think it’s difficult to call it but in my observation in the past six months, the moment has swanned away from Dlamini Zuma to Ramaphosa but I am not certain if he will maintain that until the end. He has the upper edge in terms of nominations but we shouldn’t undermine the power of voting delegates who are here,” Prof Matshiqi said.
Asked if the delays in starting the conference this morning were tactics to destabilize it, Prof Matshiqi said such delays didn’t come as a surprise because the ANC was channelling all the processes in order to avoid court litigations which have rocked the party lately.
“Things of this nature happen and I don’t think there are political motives behind the delays, the ANC is cautions right now especially after decisions that have left the party divided in courts.”
Although Prof Seepe concurred with Prof Matshiqi’s view that the race is still open, he lashed out at what he called “White Monopoly Capital”, saying that it has targeted its weakest black front, which he referred to as Ramaphosa.
He claimed that a win for Ramaphosa would be victory for white South Africans and take the country back to its apartheid years where blacks were exploited and oppressed.
“If Ramaphosa wins, that will be the biggest mistake because the whites will reinforce and do what they did during apartheid. He is a darling of white monopoly capital and as such, South Africa cannot allow to sell itself back to the oppressors,” Seepe said.
The two analysts’ assertions came amid predictions that the highly anticipated 54th National conference might collapse due to disagreements over the credentials.
Addressing a media briefing this morning, outgoing ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe ruled out such a possibility.
He said the NEC decided to strip all structures nullified by the courts of their voting rights. They include the executive committees of the ANC in Free State and KwaZulu-Natal, as well as the Bojanala region in North West. A total of 106 delegates were affected.