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Zuma: ANC must guard against being captured by corporations

Outgoing ANC President Jacob Zuma has used his last political report to take an indirect swipe at his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa while defending his preferred nominee Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

President Jacob Zuma addresses delegates at the ANC's 54th national conference on 16 December 2017. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Outgoing African National Congress (ANC) President Jacob Zuma has used his last political report to take an indirect swipe at his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa while defending his preferred nominee Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

The president delivered his last public address on Saturday night as ANC president.

The two presidential hopefuls will go head-to-head at the conference for the position of ANC president.

“Already we’ve received the threats that the ANC will implode and the economy will collapse if certain outcomes arise from this conference.”

This was a clear defence of Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, who’s presidency many economists predicted would spell disaster for the party and the economy.

But the president also threw shade at Ramaphosa, who has received support from the business community, saying that the ANC must guard against being captured by corporations.

“And ensure that the decisions we take are informed by the policies of the ANC and not dictated to by business interest.”

He says whoever branches elect as the new president must be supported by everyone.