Report: Dlamini-Zuma calls for more support in ANC leadership bid

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma reportedly made the call during the Peter Mokaba memorial lecture in Polokwane last night.

FILE: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has reportedly appealed to her backers for increased support in her campaign to become the African National Congress (ANC)'s next president.

News24 is reporting that she made the call during the Peter Mokaba memorial lecture in Polokwane on Thursday night.

She reportedly told African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) president Collen Maine and her supporters that they must work hard and recruit branches to endorse her.

The ANCYL has thrown its weight behind Dlamini-Zuma and is also pushing for Ace Magashule to become the next secretary general, a suggestion that was criticised by ANC national executive committee member Fikile Mbalula
The police minister tweeted that he wants David Makhura as the next secretary-general, saying that Magashule is a "no-no" for the position.

The ANCYL has urged Mbalula to raise any issues he has with the league's preferred candidates for leadership internally and not in the public.

ANCYL's Mlondi Mkhize says as a former ANCYL leader, Mbalula should have engaged the league's leadership.

“What I think we would have preferred for him to address the structures of the African National Congress.”

He says they understand the context of Mbalula's tweets.

Meanwhile, the ANC in the Free State has reacted to the tweets and made it clear that the provincial party is right behind Magashule.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)