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Baleka Mbete makes her choice: The ANC needs Ramaphosa for 2019

Bonile Khanyi

ANC delegates need to choose a leader who will ensure the party is victorious in the 2019 general elections. This is what Baleka Mbete said when she put her weight behind Cyril Ramaphosa as he fights for the top seat in the ANC.

“It would be wrong for us to have a limited approach to what we have come to do here. The major part of what we have come to do is to look at how we mobilise South Africans, how we re-organise ourselves such that we can deliver better to them,” said Mbete.

Speaking at the ANC’s 54th national conference on Saturday night, the outgoing ANC national chairperson announced her endorsement for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as the ruling party’s new president.

“We publicly endorse Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa. We have been talking and we agree on how to approach the issues of maximising unity in the organisation, in particular moving towards 2019,” said Mbete.

When asked why she chose to support Ramaphosa and not Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Mbete said its because they’ve worked together for a long time and that they agree on a lot of issues they’ve discussed to take the country forward.

Delegates at the conference are expected to vote for their preferred top six leaders and national executive committee (NEC) members on Sunday.


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