Former premier of Mpumalanga province Mathews Phosa (64) has accepted the endorsements to succeed President Jacob Zuma as the President of the ruling party, African National Congress (ANC).
Mathews Phosa was endorsed by seven ANC branched in Cape Town, Khayelitsha on Sunday, where he was attending an event.
Confirmed! Phosa to join the Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, and the former African Union Chair Nkosasana Dlamini Zuma in the contestant for the party’s Presidential role. The new president to succeed President Zuma will be elected in the ANC conference, December, Gauteng.
Phosa says the people are calling for change.
“It’s really humbling because it is people who are in love with the ANC, who cry for an alternative leadership and who believe the ANC deserve an alternative leadership both at political and economic levels.
“These are ordinary people and I’m happy that it is them who make the choice about who must or mustn’t be their leader.” said Phosa
“The president(Zuma) has raped the economy. What we have seen under this president is radical economic looting,”
“After apartheid, I regard the Zuma-Guptastan as the worst crime against the people of South Africa.” – Mathews Phosa
He was one of the first four members of the ANC to enter South Africa from exile in 1990 in order to start the process of negotiation with the National Party government.
Nakedi Mathews Phosa served the party in different ranks and positions:
- Phosa was appointed as the first democratic premier of Mpumalanga, a position which he held until 1999.
- He also served the party as Treasurer General for the Organisation from 2007
In 2001, Mathews Phosa together with Cyril Ramaphosa, and Tokyo Sexwale were investigated in connection with an alleged plot to oust the former President Thabo Mbeki from power. They were latter cleared.
What people say:
— Musiwa Ramaloko (@MusiwaT) 12 June 2017
— The Litigator (@LekotaInc) 12 June 2017
Mathews Phosa is going to win #Phosa4President
— Lesiba Kanyane (@Lesiba222) 12 June 2017
His own people at Mpumalanga they don't recognize him he goes to Cape town to rent the branches there shem poor Mathews Phosa
— T H (@ThembaHadebe9) 12 June 2017