Ramaphosa in a tight spot

Ethics Institute says there will be a conflict of interest if Ramaphosa is elected ANC Deputy President.

Businessman and ANC NEC chairman Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - Questions are now being raised about what would happen to Cyril Ramaphosa's role as chairman of MTN and his other business interests if he gets voted as ANC Deputy President at the party conference in Mangaung.

Both the KwaZulu-Natal ANC and the party's women's league have nominated him.

But it is thought that he wouldn't get a government job for quite some time, should he be successful in Mangaung.

The Ethics Institute of South Africa CEO Deon Russouw said a conflict of interest would start at soon as Ramaphosa would start showing interest in a government position.

"It's quite clear that if one is about to assume a new postiton, then of course the conflict of interest would start at that point," said Russouw.

The implications for Ramaphosa would be that he would have to leave his position at MTN and put his assets in a blind trust.

The ANC will hold their 53rd national elective conference in Mangaung from 16 to 20 December at the University of the Free State.