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Lamola: Ramaphosa the right choice

On day two of this crucial conference, outgoing ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte has confirmed around 4,700 delegates will be voting.

FILE: Former ANC Youth League leader Ronald Lamola speaks to Radio 702 at the ANC national conference in Nasrec on 17 December 2017. Picture: Radio 702

JOHANNESBURG - Former ANC Youth League leader Ronald Lamola says he believes Cyril Ramaphosa is the right choice for ANC president over other frontrunner Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

“You really can’t take away anything from comrade Nkosazana in reality, but from the campaign and the cloud of the Guptas for the president and so forth, I think it will be difficult for us to convince society that the organisation has been recaptured by its members.”

He says younger leaders are needed in the ANC.

“We must just as a generation, irrespective of who supports who, make sure that the 2022 conference of the ANC is a conference of young blood. The ANC can’t continue to be led by pensioners.”

Earlier delegates at the elective conference shot down a proposal that the ANC have two deputy presidents.

It’s understood the idea of introducing a second deputy was suggested as a form of compromise amid slate politics.

On day two of this crucial conference, outgoing ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte has confirmed around 4,700 delegates will be voting.

She says now that conference credentials have been adopted, voting for the party’s new leadership will not be rushed.

“You know credentials is not about nodding your head. It’s about actually checking very thoroughly who the credentials are and what they’re about.”

The results of the ANC's leadership election are likely to be announced on Monday morning.