Former Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy, Jeff Radebe, has been backed for the ANC position of deputy president ahead of the ruling party’s 55th national election conference in December this year.
According to city pressare calls for the 69-year-old ANC member of the national executive committee (NEC) to fill the post, backed by supporters of the Free State party.
One of the supporters told the publication that Radebe’s experience in the ANC and in the state has shown that “he is able to make sure that the government apparatus works”, adding that President Cyril Ramaphosa “needs a deputy who is familiar with the device”.
“Radebe’s seniority and the fact that he has been the primary driver of ANC policy gives him a good reputation for instilling respect in government, bringing dignity to office and ensuring ANC policy is followed. executed.”
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The supporter said Radebe would “step in easily and steer policy as expected” if Ramaphosa’s second-in-command as the president is overwhelmed with work.
Whoever is elected deputy president of the ANC becomes the head of the party’s broadcasting committee, and “the power is there, because it means anyone who needs to be deployed anywhere has to get the approval of the incumbent party.” explained the follower.
Radebe’s supporters were in Limpopo last week, with plans to visit the other provinces to sell the campaign.
Meanwhile, the former minister is expected to have a lot on his plate ahead of the December conference, as he will lead a task force within the ANC that will deal with the commission of inquiry into the reports of coup allegations.
The task team will guide the ANC’s response to the report and recommendations regarding its members.
It was previously reported last August that Ramaphosa was considering Defense Secretary and Military Veterans Thandi Modise as his running mate.
Then Sunday Times reported that ANC insiders claimed Modise’s name was high on the list of women leaders Ramaphosa’s faction considered.
Justice and Correctional Service Minister Ronald Lamola is also supported by the ANC Youth League (ANCYL) as vice president.
Former Limpopo ANCYL chairman Boy Mamabolo has also thrown in his hat and has received support from several branches in the province, especially in his hometown of Seshego and in Nelson Mandela Bay in the Eastern Cape.
ANC Vice-President David Mabuza indicated last September that he would run for the position again, but reiterated that he would not do so without the party’s blessing.
Other names that received attention in party structures and in social media debates were that of Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Dr. Naledi Pandor, Minister for Human Settlements, Water and Sanitation Nkhensani Kubayi-Ngubane, Minister for Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede Mantashe and Eastern Cape Prime Minister Oscar Mabuyane.