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Huge task ahead for new ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa

Restoring the broken trust between the ANC and its supporters is possibly Ramaphosa’s most urgent task and his biggest challenge.

New president of the ANC Cyril Ramaphosa dances on stage before his address at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg on December 20, 2017, during the African National Congress (ANC) 54th National Conference. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - New African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa has a lengthy to-do list, including restoring the image and integrity of the party and knitting together the divisions that have threatened to unravel it.

Ramaphosa will want to set the tone for his first term and quickly assert his authority.

Restoring the broken trust between the ANC and its supporters is possibly Ramaphosa’s most urgent task and his biggest challenge.

That’s because to achieve this, he will need to unite the party across the fault lines of factions and divergent interests.

He will also have to manage the compromised and the corrupt who have managed to either keep their seats or win election to the ANC’s new national executive committee.

With the 2019 elections a mere 18 months away, Ramaphosa and other party leaders must also come up with a plan to get President Jacob Zuma to exit the Union Buildings early, the better to signal a break with the arrogance and intransigence that has characterized his tenure.

Overseeing efforts to find ways of implementing the conference’s decision to amend the Constitution to allow for land expropriation without compensation.

The new NEC will have a workshop with legal experts.

ZUMA ALLIES IN NEC

Several senior ANC members who have courted controversy while serving in Zuma's Cabinet have made it onto their party's newly elected National Executive Committee (NEC).

The composition of the party's highest decision-making body between conferences was expected to be an indicator of the balance of power in the party's leadership.

Ramaphosa finds himself leading an NEC packed with the president's allies.

Tina Joemat-Pettersson, who's been re-elected, served in different portfolios before she was shuffled out of President Zuma's Cabinet, with Parliament approving a R2 million bonus for her.

Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela recommended that she be disciplined for reckless handling of state money when she investigated a controversial fisheries tender several years ago.

Joemat-Pettersson challenged Madonsela's report in court, but lost.

Former deputy Higher Education Minister Mduduzi Manana has also made it on to the NEC.

He recently pleaded guilty to assaulting three women.

Public Service and Administration Minister Faith Muthambi has also seen her fair share of scandal.

She's come under fire from opposition politicians for allegedly misleading Parliament during an inquiry into the SABC.

Muthambi was also implicated in the Gupta leaks for allegedly sharing confidential Cabinet documents with the influential Gupta family.

FULL LIST OF ANC NEC:

Zweli Mkhize

Lindiwe Zulu

Regina Makgaule

David Masondo

Malusi Gigaba

Ronald Lamola

Violet Siwela

Zizi Kodwa

Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

Obed Bapela

Tito Mboweni

Lindiwe Sisulu

Bheki Cele

Fikile Mbalula

Thoko Didiza

Sdumo Dlamini

Bathabile Dlamini

Senzo Mchunu

Pravin Gordhan

Naledi Pandor

Ivan Botes

Zingiswa Losi

Jackson Mthembu

Phumulo Masualle

Pule Mabe

Sfiso Buthelezi

Mduduzi Manana

Aaron Motsoaledi

Thandi Modise

Edna Molewa

Collen Maine

Nathi Mthethwa

Tina Joemat-Pettersson

Nkenke Kekana

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

Angie Motshekga

Bongani Bongo

Enoch Godongwana

Nomvula Mokonyane

Baleka Mbete

Derrick Hanekom

Mondli Gungubele

Jeff Radebe

David Mahlobo

Ruth Bhengu

Msebenzi Zwane

Pinky Kekana

Nocawe Mafu

Joe Maswanganyi

Tony Yengeni

Joel Netshitenzhe

Dakota Lekgoete

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

Noxolo Kiviet

Ngoako Ramathlodi

Mathole Motshekga

Sbongile Bhesane

Thandi Mahambehlala

Susan Shabangu

Pinky Moloi

Beauty Dluelane

Pamela Tshwete

Toko Xasa

Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba

Dikeledi Magadzi

Thabang Makwetla

Siyabonga Cwele

Barbrah Creecy

Mildred Oliphant

Khensani Khubayi

Nomaindia Mfeketho

Hlengiwe Mkhize

Pemmy Majodina

Faith Mothambi

Rejoice Mabudavhasi

Cindy Tshikunga

Gwen Ramokgopa

Sylvia Lucas

Pammy Majodina

Candith Mashego

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)

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