'Make-or-break' time for South Africa as ANC chooses new leaders

Angelo Anderson
December 15, 2017

Dlamini-Zuma who was glowing in a white dress told guests and those who had supported her bid for ANC presidency that this was the first time in the almost 106-year-old liberation movement that a female could become president.

Many South Africans Are Disenchanted With Governing Of African National Congress South African President Jacob Zuma is plagued by allegations of corruption, which have tainted the image of his governing of the African National Congress.

Some of the main issues identified by 1909 ANC voters include that of employment, housing and black economic empowerment, and with this weekend's upcoming 54th ANC elective conference set to take place, a lot more is at stake than just the ANC leadership. "We have worked, been to every corner of this country attending cadres' forums making people understand so that when they elect us, they elect us out of conviction", said Dlamini-Zuma.

Support for the party slipped to an all-time low of 54 percent in last year's municipal elections, from a peak of nearly 70 percent in 2004, and it lost control of Johannesburg, the economic hub, and Pretoria, the capital, to opposition coalitions.

While there are seven candidates in the race to replace Jacob Zuma, it is Ramaphosa and Dlamini-Zuma that are favorites.

"This is a make-or-break situation for the ANC", Sethulego Matebesi, a political analyst at the University of the Free State in the central city of Bloemfontein, said by phone.

Question: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma or Cyril Ramaphosa? "It will give hope to the country and to the global community as well".

"We seem to have lost the moral standing we once enjoyed in society", the party said in a document circulated to delegates ahead of the conference. Dlamini-Zuma is appointed deputy president for the rest of Zuma's term.

"The rand's strength in recent weeks - it has gained 7.3% against the dollar in the past month - suggests investors are pricing in a Ramaphosa victory".

Caresmarel Hyman said, "I choose to vote for Cyril Ramaphosa because he is going to bring change".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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