POLOKWANE, SOUTH AFRICA, Aug 8 (NNN-SABC) -- The former premier of South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal Province, Senzo Mchunu, has called on members of the governing party, the African national Congress (ANC), to ensure that the party's deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, becomes the next president.
Delivering the annual O.R. Tambo Memorial Lecture in honour of the late ANC leader and freedom fighter, in Senwabarwana, west of this capital of the northern province of Limpopo, on Monday, Mchunu said Ramaphosa has the support of ANC members in many provinces, including KwaZulu-Natal.
The former Premier also said the party's branches could not be dictated to when it comes to their preferred candidates for party leader as ANC. The party is to elect its next president in December this year.
Meanwhile, South African President Jacob Zuma faces a vote of no confidence in the National Assembly in Ca[e Town Tuesday. Failure to defeat the motion of no confidence will result in Zuma having to step down as Head of State.
It's not the duty of the President to tell us who the next President should be; it's not his duty, it's our duty as members of the branch, ordinary members of the African National Congress," Mchunu said in his lecture.
"We must work very hard and make sure that comrade Cyril Ramaphosa becomes president. You'll not be alone in the province (Limpopo), he has support in many provinces, including KwaZulu-Natal, I can tell you that.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK