ANC Election Race - Women's League Defends NDZ As Ramaphosa Ramps Up Campaign

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So obviously it will influence the direction of the branches.

"I appreciate, accept and respect the fact that there are many comrades in our movement with outstanding and excellent credentials who are being considered by our branches", he said.

Concerns have been raised about a lack of youth representation on deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa's slate.

The rat race to the upcoming ANC national conference has been a memorable one this year.

Maphatsoe defended his faction, saying only lobbyists took part in pronouncing preferred names and not Dlamini Zuma.

ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe had earlier criticised Ramaphosa's announcement of Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor as deputy president at a rally in Sekhukhune, Limpopo over the weekend. Ramaphosa also named Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile as his preference for the post of treasurer- general.

While Ramaphosa welcomed the criticism, he refused to back down or withdraw his slate. He, however, has defended his actions, saying they were based on interactions and nominations emerging from ANC structures and should be understood in that context. But his failure to convince his branch to nominate Dlamini-Zuma doesn't mean he is unable to convince other branches in different provinces, Maphatsoe said.

Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a former African Union Commission chairwoman and ex-wife of President Jacob Zuma, are the frontrunners to succeed Zuma as party head when the ANC meets in Johannesburg from December 16.

Phaahla said the NGC resolution was not aimed at silencing people but to ensure that branches were given space to make decisions on who should lead.

Zuma reportedly decried leaders who used OR Tambo lectures to attack other leaders.

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