ANC 2017 Elective Conference

‘South Africa was founded on negotiated settlements’

FILE: African National Congress’s new top six (from L to R): Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte, Secretary-General Ace Magashule, National Chairperson Gwede Mantashe, President Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President David Mabuza and Treasurer-General Paul Mashatile. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee/EWN

South Africa is a country founded on negotiated settlements. That’s how we must think about the Top Six.

Vukani Mde

The patronage network will be deliriously happy…

Richard Calland, UCT

The ANC has named Cyril Ramaphosa as its new president at the party’s 54th national conference at Nasrec in Soweto.

Ramaphosa is the party’s 14th president and replaces Jacob Zuma who has held the position since 2012.

His competition for the ANC presidential race was Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

  • Ramaphosa received 2440 votes to Dlamini Zuma's 2261.

  • David Mabuza has been elected deputy president, with 2538 votes compared to Lindiwe Sisulu's 2159.

  • Gwede Mantashe is the new national chairperson having obtained 2418 votes to Nathi Mthethwa's 2269.

  • Ace Magashule will serve as secretary-general after winning 2360 votes versus Senzo Mchunu with 2336 votes.

  • Jessie Duarte has been chosen as deputy secretary general with 2474 votes compared to 2213 for Zingiswa Losi.

  • Paul Mashatile is the party's new treasurer general after obtaining 2517 votes to Maite Nkoana-Mashabane's 2178.

Veteran journalist Karima Brown interviewed political analyst Vukani Mde and Richard Calland, Associate Professor in Public Law at UCT.

Listen to the interviews in the audio below (and/or scroll down for more quotes from it).

We thought Cyril Ramaphosa would wipe the floor with Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. He didn’t.

Vukani Mde

This is not a victory for progressive politics.

Richard Calland, UCT

Because of the gender parity rules… additional members should strengthen the NDZ wing of the party…

Vukani Mde

Cyril Ramaphosa has to argue that Jacob Zuma must not be allowed to appeal and drag out those processes.

Vukani Mde

Ramaphosa has to be utterly ruthless…

Richard Calland, UCT

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