Ronald Lamola begins ANC deputy president campaign

Ronald Lamola begins ANC deputy president campaign
HOPEFUL: Ex DD Mabuza protégé and ANC NEC member Ronald Lamola has thrown his hat into the ring for contestation to become the party's second in charge when comrades gather for the party's 55th national congress in December. PICTURE BY YouTube

He says he is ready for the job and doesn’t understand those who are saying he is “still young”.

Justice minister Ronald Lamola has begun his campaign for the position of ANC deputy president.

The Mpumalanga ANC is expected to pronounce him as their favoured candidate for the post of deputy president.

Other contestants for the post include incumbent David Mabuza, treasurer-general Paul Mashatile and defence minister Thandi Modise.

However, some of Mabuza’s allies in Mpumalanga want him as the President once and for all, with a DDM22 campaign.

Provinces that could support Lamola are Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga while Gauteng is expected to support Mashatile.

Some delegates in Limpopo pronounced Mashatile as their favoured candidate for post of deputy president.

RET provinces like KZN, Free State and North West could support Mashatile if Mashatile dumps the President Cyril Ramaphosa’s camp leading to conference.

Lamola’s name was first pronounced by the Mpumalanga ANCYL a week ago. The Ehlanzeni ANC invited Lamola over the weekend to deliver a lecture on former leader Walter Sisulu as part of the campaigns for the position of deputy president.

The camp favours Ramaphosa’s second term as President and is preparing to “draft a complete slate” that could include Limpopo leader Stanley Mathabatha as national chairperson.

“When we talk of renewal we have our own programs as Mpumalanga ANCYL that we have identified comrade Ronald Lamola as a deputy president of the ANC,” Mpumalanga ANCYL provincial convener Thulasizwe Thomo told mourners attending former league leader Trevor Nkosi’s memorial service in Ermelo on Thursday 2 June 2022.

He said if “renewal” meant putting the best of the best in positions of power and positioning the party for a brighter journey then it means making Lamola the ANC deputy president.

“And that is the position that we are going to take moving to the [December] conference,” he said.

Lamola told the Ehlanzeni ANC during the lecture on Saturday that he was ready to serve the party as its deputy president and didn’t understand those who say he is “still young”.

He said Sisulu was elected as the secretary-general of the ANC at the age of 37. Lamola is currently 38-year-old.

“Today, if a 37-year-old stood up to assert a new vision and a new culture in the ANC, people say ‘wait your turn’, or ‘you are too young’,” he said.

The ANCYL is currently holding its elective conferences across the country and they are expected to unite behind Lamola’s name who once led the league as its deputy president.

(edited by ZK)
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