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Mthembu warns against slate politics in run-up to ANC elective conference

Jackson Mthembu's comments follow deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement of his preferred candidates to lead the ANC should he be elected president after the elective conference in December.

FILE: African National Congress (ANC) chief whip Jackson Mthembu. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG – African National Congress (ANC) chief whip Jackson Mthembu has warned those attempting to manipulate branches through slate politics won’t succeed.

Mthembu's comments follow Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa's announcement of his preferred candidates to lead the ANC should he be elected president at the elective conference in December.

“No one should usurp the power of branches to do what they are expected to do in terms of the ANC constitution. It is the branches that will determine the ANC leadership. But where are we now? Some people have gone all out to get branches undercover.”

Secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal have slammed Ramaphosa’s move to announce his slate.

Mthembu, however, says that the criticism should not only be on Ramaphosa but on all ANC members who have publicly announced their preferred candidates.

"The criticism should not only be directed at him (Cyril Ramaphosa). You know that many people have pronounced their slates, including the president, who announced comrade Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, and Bathabile (Dlamini) long ago."

He adds that Ramaphosa had no intention of influencing ANC branches like other people have.

At a campaign rally in Limpopo over the weekend, Ramaphosa called on ANC members to elect Naledi Pandor as deputy president and Gwede Mantashe as chairperson.

He also mentioned other possible candidates, including Paul Mashatile and Senzo Mchunu.

LISTEN: No slate politics should be allowed within the ANC - Jackson Mthembu

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)