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Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini Zuma
4 October 2017, 11:17 AM

Dr Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma was suggested as a possible ANC candidate for Presidency in the 2009 election and for leadership of the party.

Dlamini-Zuma was nominated for the ANC political party’s deputy presidency by four provinces aligned to President Thabo Mbeki, while the five provinces backing her ex-husband ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma preferred her as the national chairperson. She was elected to the ANC’s 80-member National Executive Committee in December 2007.

Dlamini-Zuma was born in 27 January 1949 in KwaZulu-Natal. Dlamini-Zuma studied Zoology and Botany at the University of Zululand obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and medical studies at the University of Natal.

She married Jacob Zuma, with whom she has four children. Dlamini, Zuma’s third wife, divorced him in June 1998.

She was Minister of Home Affairs from 2009-2012, Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1999-2009, Minister of Health 1994-1999 and previously AU Chairperson.

In September African National Congress (ANC) NEC member Nathi Mthethwa has endorsed former AU chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to take over the top seat of the ANC when President Jacob Zuma bows out in December.
The ANC Youth League (ANCYL) reiterated the stance for a woman president.
ANCYL president Collen Maine says, “The leadership will elect those who agree with us, we will not be led by blessers. The ANC Youth League is very clear; the next president of the ANC is comrade Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.”
In August Umkhonto we sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) member Carl Niehaus has added his support for Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in the race to become African National Congress (ANC) president in December.
Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini says women in the African National Congress (ANC) are ready to lead the party when the elective congress, to replace President Jacob Zuma, takes place in December.
“I would like to see Mama Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma being our president, not because she’s a female but because she’s capable of being a president. Women girl child and all the members of the ANC must speak out and make sure that the conference of the ANC is closed by Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.”

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Zwelini Lawrence  Mkhize
3 October 2017, 10:12 PM

One of the African National Congress (ANC) presidential hopefuls, party Treasurer General Dr Zwelini Lawrence Mkhize, says the problem currently facing the ruling party is rooted amongst leaders who are out to serve themselves and not the people.

In September 2017, Zweli Mkhize announced that he will accept nomination to be the next President of the ANC at the December conference.

Born in 2 February 1956 Willowfontein, Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, Mkhize studied medicine at the University of Natal and worked as a doctor.

Mkhize says he is prepared to serve and help rebuild the ANC and its image if branches nominate him for ANC Presidency.

He is known to play a unifying role in the party and has been vocal against factionalism in the ANC.

Amid the economic challenges facing South Africa, Zweli Mkhize played an active role in promoting radical economic transformation.
He is respected in ANC, government and business circles.

Mkhize started serving in the ANC as a member of its national health secretariat. This was a structure that was tasked with the responsibility of developing the country’s health policy.

In 1994 Mkhize was appointed as the MEC for health. He remained in this position for 10 years.

In 2004 Mkhize was appointed the MEC for Finance and Economic Development in KwaZulu-Natal as well as the chairperson of ANC’s MNational Education and Health subcommittee.

In 2009 he was designated ANC candidate for Premier of KwaZulu-Natal and was elected to that position.

He was elected ANC chairperson in KwaZulu Natal in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012. He served as the chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal since 2009 until 2017.

He was elected as Treasurer General of the ANC at the 53rd National conference in December 2012, which prompted him to step down as Premier of KZN.

Mkhize has refuted claims in a City Press article published on Sunday that he advised Fezekile “Khwezi” Kuzwayo to drop rape charges against President Jacob Zuma.
The newspaper story is based on book written by journalist and radio personality Redi Tlhabi on Kuzwayo.
Branches in KwaZulu-Natal have nominated Zweli Mkhize to become the next ANC President.
The ANC’s Ukhahlamba region is the second in KwaZulu-Natal to endorse Mkhize as its preferred candidate.
The Secretary of United Congregational Church of Southern Africa, Mkhuseli Vuso says Mkhize is an exemplary leader.

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Lindiwe Nonceba Sisulu
3 October 2017, 6:38 PM

Lindiwe Nonceba Sisulu was born in 10 May 1954 Johannesburg, Gauteng. Sisulu was born to ANC leaders Walter and Albertina Sisulu in Johannesburg. She is the sister of journalist Zwelakhe Sisulu and politician Max Sisulu.

Sisulu received a BA Degree and Diploma in Education and BA Hons in History at the University of Swaziland. She also received an MA in History, and an MPhil from the Centre for Southern African Studies at the University of York, Canada.

She served as Minister of Public Service and Administration from 2012 to 2014, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans from 2009 to 2012, Minister of Housing Department from 2004 to 2009 and Minister of Intelligence from 2001 to 2004.

Sisulu is the Minister of Human Settlements, ANC Member of Parliament and Member of National Executive Committee.

Sisulu received endorsement of the former Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus as a presidential candidate for the ANC

On her campaign for African National Congress (ANC) president, Lindiwe Nonceba Sisulu says she is ready to lead.

Sisulu has long been considered a potential presidential candidate, having passed on running in 2007 and 2012; she announced her presidential campaign on July 21st at Walter Sisulu square in Kliptown, where the Freedom Charter was adopted.

Sisulu adopted the slogan “it’s a must” where she called on supporters to join her in a “must do” campaign. Upon announcing her intention to run for president, she said: “”what we must do is to cleanse the ANC and recover its original values”.

WATCH: ANC presidential candidate Lindiwe Sisulu live on SABC News

On July 2017, Lindiwe Sisulu said that Gupta ministers in ANC must be fired.
In August 2017 Sisulu received the endorsement of the former Reserve Bank Governor Gill Marcus as a presidential candidate for the ANC.
The convener of the ANC Women’s League Task Team in the region, Titi Gambo, has also backed Sisulu’s candidacy.
In April 2017 The African National Congress (ANC) branch in Keiskammahoek in the Eastern Cape has put forward the name of ANC NEC member Lindiwe Sisulu as a presidential candidate to succeed President Jacob Zuma.
The Langa Methodist Church is endorsing Sisulu’s candidacy.

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Matamela Cyril Ramphosa  
3 October 2017, 6:23 PM

Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa has long been considered a potential presidential candidate and ran in the 1997 ANC Presidential election, ultimately losing to Thabo Mbeki.

He is currently the Deputy President of SA and ANC under President Jacob Zuma since 2014.

Born on 17 November 1952 in Soweto, South Africa, he studied at the University of Limpopo and University of South Africa.
While at university, Ramaphosa became involved in student politics and joined the South African Students Organisation (SASO), and the Black People’s Convention (BPC).

He was detained in solitary confinement for 11 months in 1974 under Section 6 of the Terrorism Act, for organising pro-Frelimorallies. In 1976 he was detained again, following the unrest in Soweto, and held for six months at John Vorster Square under the Terrorism Act.

After his release, he became a law clerk for a Johannesburg firm of attorneys and continued with his articles through correspondence with the University of South Africa (UNISA), where he obtained his B. Proc. Degree in 1981. He completed his articles in the same year, and joined the Council of Unions of South Africa (CUSA) as an advisor in the legal department.

Ramaphosa announced that he would seek the ANC Presidency in 2017, with his second run for President immediately placing him as a front-runner for the party leadership. Ramaphosa launched his campaign slogan as #CR17 Siyavuma.

In May Ramaphosa defended his decision to apologise for the killing of mine workers in Marikana in August 2012.
Ramaphosa apologised for the way in which the Marikana shootings unfolded, but denied any involvement in the killing of 34 Lonmin miners in 2012.

In August 2017, Ramaphosa was involved in a scandal which alleged he had been in several extramarital affairs and was involved in paying money to alleged individuals while maintaining the affairs. Ramaphosa later denied the allegations claiming they were politically motivated in order to derail his presidential campaign.

By August 2017, Ramaphosa had received the endorsement of the trade union Cosatu, the National Union of Mineworkers as well as the Northern Cape, Eastern Cape and Gauteng provincial ANC leadership.
Individuals who have also stepped forward to support Ramaphosa include education minister Angie Motshekga, Cosatu’s president Sdumo Dlamini, former finance minister Pravin Gordhan and former KwaZulu-Natal Premier Senzo Mchunu.
ANC National Executive Committee member Mathole Motshekga says Ramaphosa is the only candidate fit to lead the ruling party in accordance with its tradition of succession.
The South African Communist Party (SACP) say they want Ramaphosa to succeed President Jacob Zuma when the ANC elects its new leadership in December.
ANC Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu has come out in full support of Ramaphosa taking over the party presidency from Jacob Zuma during the party’s elective conference in December.
Mthembu says his decision to support Ramaphosa is based on a decision taken during the 1949 conference.
“You know in1949, this glorious organisation took a conference decision that a serving Deputy President must moving forward, be the person that gets into the position of President, replacing the outgoing president,” adds Mthembu.

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Jeffrey Thamsanqa Radebe
3 October 2017, 3:44 PM

African National Congress (ANC) heavyweight Jeffrey Thamsanqa Radebe has officially joined the race to become party president.

Radebe accepted the nomination by branches in Pretoria on Monday night August, 1, 2017, during a Nelson Mandela Memorial Lecture in Nellmapius.

“I am the servant of the people, the branches are the structures of the organisation, and we are what we are because of the branches of the ANC. I thank you for your confidence; I thank you for your trust. I am prepared to serve the people,” Radebe said to SABC.

Jeff Radebe was born in February 18 1953 in Cato Manor, Durban KwaZulu-Natal. He studied law at the University of Zululand and completed LLM in International Law at the Karl Marx University in Leipzig, Germany.

He joined the ANC in 1976 while he was a student.

Radebe served as Minister of Public Works under former President Nelson Mandela.

Under former President Thabo Mbeki, 1999-2004, Radebe was Minister of Public Enterprises and Minister of Transport, 2004-2009.

In 2007 Radebe served as acting Minister of Health because Manto Tshabalala-Msimang the Minister of Health then was ill.
He is currently a Minister in the Presidency. He previously sat on the Board of Directors 2010 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee.

He is also an ANC Member of Parliament and ANC member of National Working Committee.
Jeff Radebe throws hat in presidential race


Radebe has dismissed some party veterans’ comments that he’s not fit to be the President of South Africa as he has not convincingly apologised for his sex scandal.
Social media was abuzz after a weekend newspaper reported that Radebe was in hot water for sending text messages in which he asked for nude pictures from the Union Buildings member of staff‚ Siyasanga Mbambani.
Radebe says he has already apologised.

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