In what many say is the endorsement of factions, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa over the weekend announced his preferred team.


Lindiwe Sisulu, who has appeared on the CR17 list, has been replaced by Naledi Pandor.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa announced his ‘winning team’ over the weekend while addressing scores of people at the Tafelkop stadium in Ga-Sekhukhune, Limpopo.

He said Pandor, who is science and technology minister, will contest for the deputy president seat.

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Ramaphosa announced former KZN chair Senzo Mchunu will be the secretary, while current secretary Gwede Mantashe will be national chairman.

He also said Gauteng chair Paul Mashatile will contest for the post of treasurer. He didn’t announce who they want as deputy secretary but Zingiswa Losi, Cosatu 2nd deputy president, has appeared in a previous list as the deputy secretary.

It was previously thought Sisulu will be the deputy president in the CR17 slate.

But her removal by Ramaphosa himself means that the daughter of Robben Islander Walter Sisulu, will now go at it alone.

On Friday, Ramaphosa addressed supporters in Jackson Mthembu’s ward in eMalahleni and urged them to vote for the right choice in December.

“Comrades, this is the moment when the African National Congress must now shine,” Ramaphosa said at the Millennium hall in Ackerville.

“We’ve bee going through a rough period, a rough period of state capture,” he said.

“You go to Eskom, thieves steal money. You go to Transnet they are there, Prasa, they stealing money. Down with state capture down,” he said.

“Down with the Guptas down. We are saying we must rise, as ANC we must rise and get rid of state capture. The historic responsibility was given to the ANC to run this country, to free our people and run the economy of our country, but then state capture came and our good intentions were smashed,” he said.

(edited by ZK)

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