Mathabatha vindicated by Mbete’s decision to back Ramaphosa

Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha again reiterated his support for Cyril Ramaphosa, saying he is deserving of the position.

ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete speaks to journalists on the sidelines of the party's national conference on 16 December 2017. Photo: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha says his province's decision to nominate Cyril Ramaphosa as the next African National Congress (ANC) leader has been vindicated by Baleka Mbete's announcement that she too is backing the deputy president.

Mathabatha believes the credentials process could be wrapped up by lunch time but Sunday's proceedings are yet to begin.

Mathabatha says that it’s not untoward for the processes to be delayed.

“Credentials are actually very critical to any conference. If you don’t have challenges any credentials, then it means you’re operating like a computer.”

He also reacted to Mbete’s 11th hour U-turn, backing out of the leadership race to support Ramaphosa, who is Limpopo’s preferred candidate.

“If you have a person of comrade Mbete’s calibre, who has been a leader of the ANC for so many years, saying that I think I’m throwing my weight behind this leader, it, therefore, vindicates you and your position as a province and it shows that really that’s the right position that you have taken.”

Mathabatha again reiterated his support for Ramaphosa, saying he is deserving of the position.