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Some high-profile ANC leaders go public with their preferred candidate

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has consistently tweeted about his support for Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, while ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu publicly endorsed Cyril Ramaphosa.

ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa. Picture: @MyANC/Twitter

JOHANNESBURG - As the African National Congress (ANC) prepares to know who is its next leader will be, some of the party's leaders are publicly endorsing their preferred candidates.

The race is now officially between Cyril Ramaphosa, who received 1,469 branch nominations, and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, who received 1,094 nominations.

Since the conference started on Saturday, the ANC’s former leaders have been coming out to express their choice.

In the early hours of Monday morning, former NEC member Zizi Kodwa threw his weight behind Ramaphosa by tweeting: “I am casting my vote for comrade Ramaphosa for ANC President, whatever happens, I trust he will restore confidence and inspire hope.”

In s surprise announcement on Saturday, Speaker of Parliament Baleka Mbete also endorsed Ramaphosa, saying that she did so in the interest of unity.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has consistently tweeted about his support for Dlamini Zuma, while ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu publicly endorsed Ramaphosa.

The ANC says there is nothing wrong with these leaders announcing their preference, adding that’s its part of democracy.