The African National Congress (ANC) has criticized its Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for announcing his slate ahead of the party elective conference in December, Johannesburg.
The ANC Presidential hopeful Cyril Ramaphosa announced the minister of science and technology Naledi Pandor as his deputy presidential candidate yesterday at a rally at the Tafelkopp Stadium outside Groblersdal in Limpopo, the news which shocked many including the party itself.
His party critisized over the early announcement, accusing him of undermining the party branches whose core role is to nominate the candidates for the leadership positions.
“Such pronouncements are unacceptable whether comrades have a preference or not and seek to usurp the entrenched right of the branches to nominate candidates of their choosing.” said ANC General Secretary Gwede Mantashe who were also mentioned in Ramaphosa line-up.
“The 2015 National General Council resolved to outlaw slates and reaffirm the role of the branch as the basic unit of the ANC.
“Accordingly in implementing this resolution, the NEC directed that we ensure branch nominations are not tempered with and that the will of the branches is reflected and respected.”
Ramaphosa confirmed that former KwaZulu-Natal ANC chairperson, Senzo Mchunu, as his preffered candidate for the secretary general position.
Cyril Ramaphosa slate:
- Deputy President: Naledi Pandor,
- Secretary General: Senzo Mchunu,
- Treasurer General: Paul Mashatile,
- Chairperson: Gwede Mantashe
The party has called on all its leaders and members to desist from the practice of pronouncing on and circulating slates which may be seen to undermine the branches inalienable right to select candidates best placed to implement the National Democratic Revolution.
ANC to hold its 54th National Elective Conference next month in Gauteng, Johannesburg were branches and delegates are expected to elect the new leadership.
President Jacob Zuma announced that he will not contest for re-election as the president of the party.