Zuma: Slates don't benefit the ANC

President Jacob Zuma says the election of ANC leaders according to slates should be stopped.

ANC's newly elected Top Six are Zweli Mkhize, Cyril Ramaphosa, Jacob Zuma, Baleka Mbete, Gwede Mantashe and Jessie Duarte. Picture: ANC

MANGAUNG - President Jacob Zuma on Friday said the election of ANC leaders according to pre-determined leadership lists should be stopped.

The practice of slates is not helping the ANC, Zuma told guests at a New Age breakfast in Manguang.

The party's 53rd national conference in Mangaung ended last night, with the newly elected national executive committee (NEC) being announced

The 80-member committee includes most of Zuma's allies, while those who opposed his slate in the top six elections have been left out.

Slates featured strongly at the ANC's elective conference in Manguang, where all the leaders on the leadership list topped by Zuma were elected with an overwhelming majority.

But Zuma said it was not a good idea.

"This conference, that ended yesterday, pronounced itself very clearly on this issue… that the question of slates must come to an end. It's a position that we've taken as a conference because it is not helping the organisation".

Zuma says the newly elected ANC leaders will need to ensure that these leadership lists do not feature in the ANC's national conferences in future.

Earlier, the ruling party's new deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, also addressed the breakfast and predicted the economic downgrades South Africa received recently from ratings agencies would be reversed soon.

Ramaphosa said rating agencies should look at the determination with which Zuma championed the National Development Plan (NDP) and rethink the recent downgrades.

The NDP aims to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality in the country by 2030.