'Zuma good enough for ANC, not SA'

A proposal to have a state leader different to the ANC leader will be lobbied in Mangaung.

Businessman and ANC NEC chairman Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: Sapa

MANGAUNG - Top ANC leaders have thrown cold water on the proposal to have a state president who is not the same person as the ANC president.

The proposal will be lobbied at the ANC's Mangaung conference, to allow for businessman and ANC national executive committee chair Cyril Ramaphosa to take over as state president from President Jacob Zuma in 2014.

Some lobbyists for President Zuma want him to be replaced as state president, but Justice Minister Jeff Radebe on Friday told a New Age business breakfast that this would render the governance system "dysfunctional".

"That would be creating a very dysfunctional relationship between the ANC and its government."

ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe says the current system will be assessed, but said one could not change a system because they simply did not like an individual.

"You don't just target the president because you happen to hate the person today. A system must apply across the board."

Both Radebe and Mantashe are staunch supporters of Zuma.

ANC delegates will adopt policies and elect their top six leaders at its conference, which gets underway on Sunday.