Secretary General of the African National Congress (ANC) Gwede Mantashe says party leadership has a responsibility to manage the succession process to avoid a disastrous result, suggesting that the Deputy President succeed President Jacob Zuma.
In a series of tweets, Mantashe said the ANC cannot have an 'accidental leadership succession' and that an explanation must be provided as to why a Deputy President is not fit for the top position.
If a sitting DP, cannot take over from the incumbent, organisation is owed an explanation, so that ANC must be at peace with itself #ORTambo— Gwede Mantashe (@GwedeMantashe1) October 10, 2017
There's a theory of a woman President. That's strange. We want a President of the ANC, male or female. #ORTambo— Gwede Mantashe (@GwedeMantashe1) October 10, 2017
If Pres Zuma, with experience, refuses to handover to DP, we will be in a crisis. Let us find a woman to be DP, for succession to be managed— Gwede Mantashe (@GwedeMantashe1) October 10, 2017
Political analyst Karima Brown says this is not the first time Mantashe has shared these sentiments.
This is not the first time Gwede Mantashe shares this. Because the organisation has done so since 1949 with very few exceptions so he is referring to a long standing tradition.— Karima Brown, political analyst and host of the Karima Brown Show
If you look at people like Bheki Cele, they have argued that the Deputy President has the right to contest and this has historically been what has happened in the African National Congress and that is how the matter is handled rationally.— Karima Brown, political analyst and host of the Karima Brown Show
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This article first appeared on 702 : Mantashe tweets views on ANC succession battle