The succession race is heating up in the African National Congress (ANC) with less than 60 days before the party holds its elective conference.
The ANC in Gauteng province is behind Ramaphosa, but has interestingly adopted what they call a non-sectarian approach.
Political analyst Karima Brown says this is the region's attempt at attaining unity while simultaneously keeping their options open.
We have seen a list of names including Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.... It's incredible the amount of branches that have in fact nominated Cyril Ramphosa for the position of President but from a leadership point of view I think Gauteng is keeping their options open.— Karima Brown, political analyst
Tactically they also know there is going to be a lot of horse trading toward the tick down to December.— Karima Brown, political analyst
They have made sure that they are in a position to attract even provinces and branches that have nominated Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. The support is lying with Cyril Ramphosa with the option to negotiate with those from the NDZ slate.— Karima Brown, political analyst
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This article first appeared on 702 : Gauteng keeping it's options open despite strong backing for Ramaphosa - Brown