Cyril believes December losers should just accept defeat

He addressed scores with the vigour needed to ascend to the ANC’s highest office.


Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa believes in slates but wants the losing one to accept the winning one as their elected leaders for the sake of the survival of the ANC.

He said if he himself doesn’t win in December he will just “accept the decision of the majority” and rally his support behind the newly elected leadership.

Ramaphosa spoke during the Mpumalanga SACP’s Red October rally in Mbombela on Saturday and said that everyone – both candidates and delegates – will have to understand that what comes first is actually the ANC and not individuals.

“So comrades as we go to the conference we must know that this is an important conference,” Ramaphosa said at the Mbombela rugby stadium.

“Those leaders who are standing for positions and who will not succeed must accept that those who will be elected are their leaders,” he said.

“They must accept that what comes first is democratic centralism,” Ramaphosa said.

He delivered the keynote address at the communist event together with SACP national deputy chairman Thulas Nxesi.

“Myself as Cyril Ramaphosa if I don’t get enough votes we must accept the decision of the majority of the delegates of the conference,” the Deputy President told supporters in black CR17 t-shirts.

“I’m willing to accept the decision of the majority of the conference. If I don’t succeed, I will humble myself and accept the results and the leadership that will be elected,” he said to applause.

Ramaphosa will face off with Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in December when the ANC convenes its 54th national congress.

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The two are forerunners in the race to succeed outgoing President, Jacob Zuma, on 16-20 December.

Other runners who have declared their interests for the ANC presidency are Lindiwe Sisulu, Zweli Mkhize, Baleka Mbete and Mathews Phosa.

The ANC in the province snubbed the rally, saying it was told nothing about it and instead endorsed the one held by the ANCWL in KwaMhlanga, addressed by Dlamini-Zuma.

Bonakele Majuba, the party’s leader in Mpumalanga, thanked the crowds for coming despite being intimidated, apparently by leaders of branches aligned to ANC provincial leader DD Mabuza – who is opposed to Ramaphosa ascending to the highest ANC job.

“We know that some of you were stopped while you were coming here. Buses were stopped and some of you were even told that if you come here you will lose your jobs and all those kind of things,” Majuba said.

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Mpumalanga SACP to host Ramaphosa in Mbombela rally

Posters are already out featuring key alliance partners leaders who will also talk.


Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is once more taking his campaign to the backyard of DD Mabuza.

This time he will be hosted by Bonakele Majuba – the SACP’s leader in the Mpumalanga province, during the party’s Red October Rally at the Mbombela rugby stadium.

Two weeks ago Ramaphosa spoke in Jackson Mthembu’s ward during a lecture on the late heroic Mpumalanga ANC leader Gert Sibande – who used to be called ‘the Lion of the East’ and fought hard against Apartheid rule before his death in Swaziland in the 1980s – organised by the Mpumalanga Cosatu.

During the Sibande lecture – held at the Millennium hall in Ackerville, eMalahleni on 3 November, Ramaphosa spoke frankly about the need to rescue the ANC and its government from being captured by the Gupta family and called on supporters to fight for the historical mission of the ANC, that of “running the country and its economy”.

Mthembu, an open CR17 campaigner and ANC’s chief whip in Parliament, is from ward 22 Ackerville area where Ramaphosa spoke on the 3 November.

The SACP’s Red October Rally will be on the Saturday morning of 18 November 2017 at the rugby stadium and this year’s theme is; Red Card Against Women and Children Abuse.

Also party national chair Thulas Nxesi as well as Cosatu national deputy secretary Solly Phetoe and Mpumalanga SANCO secretary Mike Soko will speak at this event.

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Mpumalanga SACP to host Ramaphosa in Mbombela rally

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