| December 16, 2017

JOHANNESBURG, As South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC) opens its 54th National Elective Conference here Saturday, its deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, is confident that ANC members are all focused on coming out with the policies which will guide the work of the South African government for the next five years.

Ramaphosa, who is also South Africa's Deputy President, is a leading candidate to succeed Jacob Zuma as ANC President, and, by extension, the country's president after the next general election in 2019. His main rival for the post is Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, an ex-wife of President Zuma, who has serves as Interior Minister and Foreign Minister.

Speaking to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Friday, Ramaphosa said that despite a string of court cases against the ruling party by regional bodies he was confident that this weekend's elective conference would be good, successful and dignified.

In the interview with the SABC, Ramaphosa aired his views on the race for the top ANC job, the upcoming conference, slates, organizational renewal, State capture, the Gupta family emails, accountability, the Steinhoff scandal and the rule of law, amongst others.

He insisted that ANC members were all focused on coming out with the policies which were going to guide the work of the South African government for the next five years.

Ramaphosa said he was not worried but very confident that the ANC would have a good, successful and dignified conference, which begins Saturday, in Nasrec in Johannesburg.

This conference we're going to ensure that the ANC emerges out of the conference united, renewed and stronger than what it was in the past five years, said the presidential hopeful.

Meanwhile, a number of prominent ANC veterans who had played a prominent role in the strengthening of the organization are united in their wish to see a better party post-conference.

The upcoming 54th elective conference must be a reminder that attending members represent the people of the nation as well as those who had previously sacrificed their lives for the freedom of the country, stressed former Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

Our road is still very far, and the youth must never get tired and our people must never get tired. We must carry on with all the difficulties that we find along the way, said veteran ANC member Gertrude Shope.

The ANC deputy secretary-general, Jessie Duarte, echoed this sentiment, saying that party officials must maintain high morale and that the upcoming conference and the ANC was not about individuals in the party but an organization representative of all the people in South Africa.

Duarte shared her concern that tribalism within the country and the ANC was fast turning into a way to marginalize other races and cultures in the country.


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