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NUM reiterates support for Ramaphosa to lead ANC

Cosatu’s biggest affiliate announced that it would be backing Ramaphosa for the ANC’s top leadership role.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the 21st Nedlac Summit on 9 September 2016. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) has reiterated its support for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to take over as African National Congress (ANC) president, but says Jacob Zuma should serve his full term.

Earlier this year, Cosatu's biggest affiliate announced that it would be backing Ramaphosa for the ANC's leadership role.

The mining union says the decision to support Ramaphosa's candidacy was taken at its central committee meeting, where its members emphasised that Ramaphosa has been groomed for the position and put aside all his business interests to focus on politics.

The union says while it appreciates different views on ANC candidates, its National Executive Committee is united on the decision to back Ramaphosa.

The union points out that it's ANC tradition for deputy leaders to take the top job.

Meanwhile, the mining union says Pravin Gordhan is doing a good job as finance minister but believes he's no saint and should not be given special treatment.

The Hawks are investigating a controversial Sars spy unit that was set up when Gordhan headed the organisation.