African Union chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will reportedly be endorsed by the league during its national executive committee meeting at the weekend, with the node from the wing expected to boost her chances of succeeding President Jacob Zuma as the ruling party’s next leader.
On Friday the Mail & Guardian reported that behind-the-scenes senior party leaders have been discussing ways to avoid a contest between different factions, as well as the emergence of winners and losers ahead of its leadership elective conference next year and in the run-up to the 2019 general elections.
They have reportedly called on the ANC’s provincial structures to propose names of suitable candidates to be elected to its national organs – the top six, national executive committee (NEC) and national working committee (NWC).
The NEC is the party’s highest decision-making body between national conferences. It elects from its own ranks members of the NWC to coordinate the daily running of the organisation.
The weekly also reports that ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa this week confirmed the move, saying their decision was spurred on by previous conferences where leaders were elected not on merit but because had belonged to a particular faction.
The ANC’s elective conferences in 2007 and 2012, held in Polokwane and Mangaung, respectively saw splinter groups emerge, leading to the formation of the Congress of the People (Cope) and Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), which has courted a lot of young people with their radical economic policies.
The paper also reports that ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe apparently wants to resign from the party and members of the NEC “frustrated” by Zuma’s continued stay and scandals are planning to resign collectively.
This week, Cosatu was widely expected to publicly endorse Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for ANC president, as party tradition dictates that the deputy should take over the reins, but the federation held back. The SA Communist Party, however, prefers to remain mum on the leadership contest.