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[UPDATE] KZN region nominates Jeff Radebe to succeed Zuma

The Minister in the Presidency says he will accept nominations to become the ANC’s next president once that process opens in September.

FILE: Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN.

UMDONI - The Umdoni sub-region in the lower south coast of KwaZulu-Natal has put forward African National Congress (ANC) NEC member Jeff Radebe’s name to become president of the party this December.

Radebe attended an event in that area on Saturday where he called for the support of radical socio-economic transformation.

He says while the country has achieved political freedom, ownership of the economy continues to benefit a select few.

Radebe shied away from mentioning the phrase “white monopoly capital” but says the South African economy remains in the hands of a few white males.

When asked if his tone is similar to presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Radebe said his speech reflected resolutions taken by the ANC.

“I won’t talk about my other colleagues and comrades, I think the most important thing is that a national conference is a conference of branches of the ANC.”

Umdoni branch executive leader Lawrence Vezi says Radebe’s experience will be useful in uniting the ANC.

“We’re here as a region… not so many regions are sub-regions and branches. So, we are saying the next president will be Jeff Radebe.”

Radebe says he will accept any deployment given to him by the ANC.

'RADEBE HAS ENOUGH EXPERIENCE TO LEAD SA’

Minister in the Presidency Radebe says he will accept nominations to become ANC’s next president once that process opens in September.

Radebe was speaking on the sidelines of an event organised by the ANC in the Umdoni region.

The area says the presidency minister has enough experience to lead the country and unite the ANC.

When asked if he accepts the Umdoni region’s nomination, Radebe said he would go wherever he is deployed by the branches

“It’s only in September when the actual nominations will ensue. But, as I’ve already said previously that I’ve never refused an assignment and a task by my own organisation, the ANC. Whether the task is small or big.”

On Thursday, former KZN ANC chair Senzo Mchunu was in Umzinto, which is not far from Saturday’s event.

At that gathering, Mchunu called for the endorsement of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to take over the helm this December.

WATCH: Jeff Radebe: We need to transform the lives of our people

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)

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