Trade union federation Cosatu’s decision to officially endorse Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for the top job seeks to build unity and coherence within the tripartite alliance between the ANC, SACP and Cosatu.
This is the view of political analyst Elvis Masoga, who said Cosatu had always been consistent on the ANC’s succession debate.
“The decision by Cosatu reflects honesty,” Masoga said.
“It is the tradition of the ANC that the deputy president should succeed the president.”
Masoga said Ramaphosa’s ascendancy to the presidency would begin a new process of healing in the divided ANC.
“The organisation will not heal while it still has a rotten head.”
Another political analyst, Ralph Mathekga, said Cosatu was aware of the ANC divisions and vulnerabilities regarding party leadership.
“The federation might have decided to be bold and pronounce on its leadership preference,” Mathekga said. “I think the ANC will hit back, divided as it might be.”