Mathews Phosa to contest for the ANC Presidency

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).

The former ANC Treasure General and Mphumalanga Premier Mathews Phosa accepts endorsements to succeed President Jacob Zuma

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.


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