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‘Cyril must unite us’


Shushu echoed pronouncements that Ramaphosa was the preferred presidential candidate of the ANC alliance partners

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COLLECTIVE messages of support for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and calls for him to restore the ANC were yesterday expressed by the party’s alliance partners during the Cadres Assembly at the Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre in Kimberley.

The alliance also expressed its support for former KwaZulu-Natal premier, Senzo Mchunu, to take the reins from ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe.

Mchunu was one of the party leaders who attended yesterday’s event.

The provincial secretary of the SACP, Norman Shushu, echoed pronouncements that Ramaphosa was the preferred presidential candidate of the ANC alliance partners.

“The alliance in the Northern Cape was united in its collective decision to support Ramaphosa as the upcoming president. As the SACP, we cannot be opposing the collective decision. Comrade Ramaphosa can lead us in a united manner,” said Shushu.

“Ensure that you (Ramaphosa) lead us into unity. Deliver us from state capture and the looting of state resources. Bring back the integrity of the people and the movement as well as the confidence the people have in the organisation. It is in the interest of the people that you must lead,” Shushu told Ramaphosa.

He added that Ramaphosa’s political and leadership record made him the perfect candidate for the presidential post.

“People know you are a man of integrity and that you will serve them. You have never shied away from taking leadership commitments. You have grown in this organisation and did not come when it was nice to be in the organisation you have earned your stripes,” Shushu said.

The first deputy president of Cosatu, Tsotso James, supported Shushu’s comments and said that the credibility of the ANC lies in the hands of Ramaphosa.

“Comrade Cyril is our last hope to restore respect and integrity of the party back to the people. We have a right to express who should lead the party. Ramaphosa has restored the mineworkers and we want him to do the same to the ANC,” said James.

He also had a warning for Ramaphosa. “Comrade Ramaphosa be vigilant during the elective conference do not allow votes to be bought. When you are elected, you must ensure that you revoke the citizenship of the Guptas.”

The provincial chairperson of the Umkhonto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association, Martin Mokgatle, lambasted reports that the organisation supported any other candidate than Ramaphosa.

“It was a backdoor announcement that was made to state who MK is supporting. In the Northern Cape, we have decided not take such unprincipled decisions. It has been the tradition of the ANC that all deputy presidents should be next in line to occupy the position of president,” Mokgatle said.

The regional secretary of the ANC, Webster Dichaba, also said that Ramaphosa was the right person for the job.

“In December we will have a leader that will fight for the plight of the people. We are tired of having a government where only a select few can benefit.”

Dichaba said that the campaign for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to be the next president was merely a way for President Jacob Zuma to remain in power. “We believe that women are ready to lead, but it should not be used in an opportunistic manner.”

A Provincial Executive Committee member of the ANC Youth League in the Northern Cape, Daluxolo Vumazonke, added its support for Ramaphosa, stating that it would follow the decisions made by the parent body in the Province.

“It is under your leadership that we are unshakably going to support the perspective of the ANC in the Northern Cape. We are youn g people who reside in this Province and we shall follow the resolution that was taken in Colesberg.

“It cannot be us who have a different perspective from that of the ANC because we are the Youth League of the organisation,” Vumazonke said.