Paul Mashatile throws his weight behind Ramaphosa to succeed Zuma

Mashatile says as Ramaphosa must lead the movement just as President Jacob Zuma took over from former president Thabo Mbeki as his deputy.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura, ANC President Jacob Zuma, Gauteng ANC chairperson Paul Mashatile and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa dance during the party's Gauteng manifesto launch on 4 June 2016. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress (ANC) Gauteng chairperson Paul Mashatile says Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa must lead the party after its elective conference in December.

Mashatile says as Ramaphosa must lead the movement just as President Jacob Zuma took over from former president Thabo Mbeki as his deputy.

The Gauteng chairperson says the party must emerge stronger from the conference and must continue to work with the SACP, Cosatu and Sanco.

“We need a leadership collective of men and women, young and old, so don’t tell us that it’s time for a woman president, no. If it's a capable woman to lead the ANC that's fine but don't tell us it's time for a woman and the men must shift.”