Cyril Ramaphosa to run for ANC deputy president
CYRIL Ramaphosa, the chairman of Shanduka and a long-standing leader of the African National Congress (ANC), says he has accepted his nomination to stand for election to deputy president of the ANC.
In reply to a question from Business Day Mr Ramaphosa said on Sunday evening: "I have accepted after much consideration, consultation and soul searching."
He said there was nothing much more he could say until after the election.
Speaking to Business Day at the weekend, ANC KwaZulu-Natal provincial secretary Sihle Zikalala said his province was firmly behind Mr Zuma. KwaZulu-Natal has the biggest delegation in Mangaung, with more than 900 of the 4,480 conference delegates coming from the ANC’s biggest province.
Mr Zikalala said Mr Ramaphosa “will help the ANC connect and relate better with the business sector, intellectuals and younger voters, especially those born after the unbanning of the ANC in 1990”.
More than a quarter of the ANC’s 1.2-million members come from KwaZulu-Natal, which has grown in numbers and stature in the past decade. It has been the lead province in the campaign for Mr Zuma’s second term.
Up to 3-million new and young voters are expected to appear on the voters roll in 2014, which could take the number of eligible voters close to the 25-million mark.