Ramaphosa addresses first ANC rally as DP

ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa addresses members for the first time in his new position.

ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa speaking at the end of the 53rd ANC conference in Mangaung. Picture: ANC.

UMZUMBE - ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday told party supporters in KwaZulu-Natal that the party welcomed the maturity of its Youth League.

This after the Young Lions supported the ANC's new leadership which was elected at the 53rd national conference in Mangaung in December.

In 2012, the league publically backed then-ANC deputy president, Kgalema Motlanthe, to be president of the party.

Motlanthe lost to incumbent president Jacob Zuma.

Ramaphosa was addressing his first rally as deputy president of the ruling party, with his comments seen as the softening up of the ANC's stance towards the league.

His comments also come ahead of a National Executive Committee meeting which is expected to discuss the future of the league on Friday.

Ramaphosa also said the ANC will win the 2014 general elections, saying people who thought otherwise were "dreaming".

The ANC is celebrating its 101st birthday, with the main rally expected to take place in Durban on Saturday with an address from Zuma.