Dlamini-Zuma urges ANC members to support new leader

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says after the ANC's elective conference, the party must unite and prepare for the 2019 elections.

FILE: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma at the ANC national policy conference at Nasrec on 30 June 2017. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress (ANC) Presidential hopeful Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has called on members of the party to support whoever is elected to lead the organisation at the elective conference in December.

Dlamini Zuma took her campaign to the North West this week where she addressed a cadres forum in Klerksdorp on Thursday.

The former African Union chairperson says that whoever wins in December must be supported.

“The ANC policy is very clear, whoever is elected democratically by the ANC structures becomes our leader. We all support that person.”

She says after the elective conference, the party must unite and prepare for the 2019 elections.

“After December, all of us, it doesn’t matter who is elected, all of us we’re going to hit the road. We’re going to go to every village.”

She emphasised that whoever wins in December should embrace everyone and not purge those who didn’t support them.

At the ANC's policy conference earlier this year, President Jacob Zuma proposed that the party's constitution be changed to allow for a losing candidate for the ANC presidency to become the deputy president, saying this would be in the interests of unity.

The presidential hopeful says there must be unity after the conference.

“The one who is elected cannot say 'you did not support me, I’m pushing you away'. Whoever is elected must embrace everyone.”

She says the ANC won't be divided by elections.

The party's 2007 elective conference in Polokwane where President Zuma was elected, divided the party and led to a split.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)