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08 Jun 2015 16:37
NUM national congress. (MG)
Mpho Phakedi, the provincial secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers’ largest region, PWV
[Gauteng], might differ with deputy
president Cyril Ramaphosa’s new e-toll dispensation, but he believes the former
unionist-come businessman is the right man to lead the ANC and the country
after President Jacob Zuma’s term in office ends.
The NUM regional
leader also said he would support ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe to take over
as Ramaphosa’s deputy when the party holds its elective conference in 2017.
and Mantashe previously served NUM as general secretaries.
The two ANC leaders
delivered speeches at the NUM national congress at the weekend.
region played an instrumental role in the election of Free State provincial secretary David Sipunzi as NUM’s new general secretary on Saturday - a move
which is expected to shift the balance of forces within the labour federation
Cosatu ahead of its special national congress this month.
Zuma’s successorSome within the ANC prefer African Union
Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to replace Jacob Zuma as president.
Those that have been mentioned for the position of deputy president include ANC
policy head and minister in the presidency Jeff Radebe, ANC treasurer general
Zweli Mkhize and Gauteng ANC chair Paul Mashatile.
Cosatu and its
affiliates have in the past played a significant role in influencing the
leadership direction in the ANC.
while he differed with Ramaphosa on the issue of e-tolls, he regarded him as
one of the greatest leaders the ANC has ever produced.
is one of the most matured leaders within the ANC. His experience in business and
the trade union movement comes as an advantage for him. It has been the
tradition of the ANC that the deputy president takes over as president.
Ramaphosa and Mantashe still have a huge support within the NUM. I don’t see
anything wrong with Mantashe becoming deputy president,” said Phakedi.
ANC deputy president in 2012 after then-deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe
declined the nomination for the position and contested Zuma for the position of
Since being appointed as Zuma’s deputy after last year’s general elections in May,
Ramaphosa has taken over some important roles in government. These include the
responsibility to fix problematic parastatals like Eskom, the South African Post Office
and South African Airways. He was also tasked to deal with the controversial
e-tolling system, which has divided the ANC-led alliance.
announced the new dispensation for the implementation of the e-toll system last
month, which included reduced tariffs for motorists and discounts on
outstanding e-toll bills.
Phakedi and other
unionists want a total scrapping of the e-toll system.
detractors are hoping his political career will be tarnished by the outcome of
the Marikana report.
Lawyers for the
wounded and arrested Marikana workers want Ramaphosa to face criminal charges
for his role in the August 2012 Marikana shooting.
has promised to release the Marika report before the end of this month.
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