Ramaphosa is the best person to take over from Zuma - Melanie Verwoerd

Political analyst and columnist for News24, Melanie Verwoerd notes, in her Wednesday column that deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa is being pushed as the next successor of President Jacob Zuma in the African National Congress (ANC) and the country by the media.

Verwoerd says she would like to Ramaphosa at the helm of both the ruling party and SA.

I think he is the best person around.

Melanie Verwoerd, Political analyst and columnist for News24

I think because there are so many people like myself who would like to see him as a president, including the media, have become too optimistic about his chances of winning and as a result have turned a bit of a blind eye to the Zuma camp, says Verwoerd.

She says the only determining factor that matters are the branches that will select their preferred candidate in December at the ANC Election congress.

Because the ANC in Kwazulu Natal has doubled its membership, it could pose a threat for Ramaphosa to win, she adds.

From she has heard, Ramaphosa does not want to play dirty, by vote buying, will also make it tough for him to win fairly and cleanly.

Verwoerd explains that another difficult challenge for the deputy president will be answering to what will happen to the Zuma family. Unless he can give them an answer that satisfies them, they can't afford to let him win because there is too much at stake for them.

I don't think President Zuma believes that he has done anything wrong or that he needs to go to jail. He's definitely more concerned about his children.

Melanie Verwoerd, Political analyst and columnist for News24

Take a listen to the analysis in the audio clip:

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