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‘Zuma is a few steps away from being a dictator’

Former ANC treasurer general Mathews Phosa says he has accepted a nomination for the party’s presidency to steer it away from a dictatorship.

FILE: Former African National Congress treasurer general Mathews Phosa. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former African National Congress (ANC) treasurer general Mathews Phosa says he has accepted a nomination for the party’s presidency to steer the ANC away from a dictatorship.

This comes after the party’s ward 52 in Cape Town nominated Phosa for ANC president on Saturday.

Phosa says President Jacob Zuma showed autocracy during his controversial Cabinet reshuffle.

He says a new collective leadership with similar visions for the party are needed, and should emerge during the upcoming elective conference in December.

“The president is a few steps away from being a dictator. If you look at how he handled the Cabinet reshuffle, he consulted himself... that’s a step towards dictatorship and he could do many other things without consulting anyone.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)