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[FIRST ON EWN] Jeff Radebe confident of winning ANC leadership battle

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe says there will be a 'paradigm shift' in the ANC if he is elected president.

Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress (ANC) presidential hopeful Jeff Radebe has told Eyewitness News that he stands a better chance than his competitors of emerging as the next ANC president.

This comes as various leaders push ahead with their campaigns to succeed President Jacob Zuma at the ANC’s elective conference in December.

Radebe has already indicated that he is ready to serve as the ANC president.

He explains what makes him different from the other five candidates vying for the same position.

“I have the political background and experience in government.”

WATCH: Jeff Radebe: I am ready to lead

He says there will be a “paradigm shift” in the ANC if he is elected president.

“The paradigm shift in the organisation is necessary. The ANC needs to work on its development.”

On a female president for the ANC, Radebe says that the branches of the ruling party must be allowed to decide for themselves if they want a male or female president.

‘DIRTY TRICKS’

Radebe has called on those campaigning for positions in the party not to resort to “dirty tricks” in a bid to boost their ambitions.

This follows an alleged social media smear campaign against presidential hopeful deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, who claims there’s a dirty war against those who're working to restore the ANC._

A newspaper report suggested that Ramaphosa had affairs with eight women, some of whom he is supporting financially.

WATCH: Radebe on the ANC national elective conference

While Radebe didn’t want to be drawn on the personal issues involving Ramaphosa, he spoke out against the use of “dirty tricks”.

“It would be incorrect to use state institutions to fight political battles within the organisation.”

He called on all presidential hopefuls to play it safe.

“Dirty tricks should be condemned. I believe the slate must be clean.”

Radebe has also disagreed with the party’s secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, who previously said that having so many candidates contesting for the position of ANC president is abnormal and ridiculous.

Radebe believes it it simply democracy at work.

Additional reporting by Hitekani Magwedze.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)