PRETORIA, The SACP (South African Communist Party) and Cosatu (Congress of South African Trade Unions) in Mpumalanga have endorsed Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as their preferred candidate for the African National Congress (ANC) top job.
The announcement goes against the wishes of the ANC provincial chairperson David Mabuza, who has called for unity ahead of the party's National Elective Conference in December.
The ANC's Steve Tshwete sub region also announced Ramaphosa as their preferred candidate to succeed President Jacob Zuma.
The structures held a memorial lecture in honour of former ANC president Oliver Reginald Tambo in Middelburg at the weekend.
The lecture presented an opportunity for the alliance partners to announce their preferred candidate. Taking a bold stand they urged the ANC not to abandon its traditions.
SACP Chairperson in Mpumalanga, Lucky Mbuyane, says: "In its conference of 1948 took a resolution that deputy presidents must be presidents of the movement... since 1952 we saw the Deputy President of the ANC who was Tambo, deputy of Luthuli became a President."
"Nelson Mandela, deputy to Oliver Tambo also became President; Thabo Mbeki, deputy to Mandela also became President - as well as Jacob Zuma, who was Thabo's deputy."
Nehawu's December Mazibuko says: "We can't have a unity that says Jacob Zuma must be allowed to appoint his successor, and in doing so he looks here in the family, and says here is my successor..."
The Steve Tshwete ANC Sub Region also contradicted party Chairperson David Mabuza in his call for unity.
Mabuza has called for unity and uncontested leadership in December. The same call has been sold as the position of the ANC in Mpumalanga.
ANC NEC member Joe Phaahla conceded that the governing party is at its most challenging time. But, he says not all is lost.
"While we admit that the ANC has got difficulties, we are not in the best of state... not all is lost; we have opportunity to correct our wrongs and one of the major opportunity is the conference."
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK