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ANC MP Gungubele expects Ramaphosa to win leadership race

Speaking on Radio 702 on Monday morning, Mondli Gungubele says that Ramaphosa's track record speaks for itself.

Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - African National Congress (ANC) Member of Parliament and former Ekurhuleni Mayor Mondli Gungubele says although the votes will be close he expects Cyril Ramaphosa to emerge victorious.

Speaking on Radio 702 on Monday morning, Gungubele says that Ramaphosa's track record speaks for itself.

“I was part of the NUM when he founded it. Cyril to me, the memory I have of him, is a task master, every major task that was given to him, all of them were done. He was picked out of Soweto to establish NUM, given a task to lead the Constitution.”

Even though Lindiwe Sisulu had hoped that Ramaphosa would be her running mate in the race to be the ANC’s next leader, she has now officially joined his ticket.

Sisulu failed to garner enough support for her presidential campaign, but she's well in the running for the number two position.

From the onset, Sisulu refused to be part of a slate, saying that it would destroy the culture of the ANC.

Sisulu says she ran a lone campaign.

“The factions that attached themselves to that are not good for the culture of the ANC. I actually ran a lone campaign. I’ve learnt a lot from that and it is doable.”

Now, Sisulu and Ramaphosa have joined forces hoping to win over the majority of voting delegates at the national conference.

“There is no compromise. We are just going to the delegates to say we are now in one campaign.”

However, she is up against Mpumalanga provincial chairperson David Mabuza, who has secured the most nominations for the deputy president position.

Meanwhile, ANC spokesperson Khusela Sangoni has confirmed to EWN that its largest province KwaZulu-Natal has now begun voting.

She has also given clarity on what caused the confusion late last night when it was unclear whether the process would go ahead or not.

“As you know, national conference is the highest decision-making body of the African National Congress, so when delegates gather here, any decision that they take supersedes that of structure including the electoral commission.

“So there had been recommendations from the electoral commission that we only start voting in the morning and the delegates felt strongly that they would want to start as early as last night, which is why then we saw that decision being overturned.”

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)