Cyril Ramaphosa’s camp recommends Zweli Mkhize for the Deputy President position
It has emerged that Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s lobby group has requested that African National Congress (ANC) Treasurer-General Zweli Mkhize be made the Deputy President if Ramaphosa is President.
Ramaphosa’s caucus said they have selected Mkhize because he is popular in KwaZulu Natal (KZN), they also said with the kind of support he has in the province, he has the potential to sway support from Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma before the party’s National Conference in 2017.
“There are people within Ramaphosa’s camp who want him (Mkhize) to be deputy president. Their support for him depends on how many people he would bring along to vote for Ramaphosa. If he brings a large number he will definitely get the position because numbers matter,” said Ramaphosa’s caucus.
“The support that Mkhize enjoys in the province would come in handy for Ramaphosa,” they added.
It is understood that Ramaphosa’s causus is set on swaying support of the ANC KZN branch away from Dlamini-Zuma, who the Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) and ANC Youth League (ANCYL) have already declared that they would support for presidency.
While ousted former Premier Senzo Mchunu and former Mayor of eThekwini Municipality James Nxumalo, are believed to be Ramaphosa supporters within the Province.
Ramaphosa has also received support from the South African Communist Party (SACP), the Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).