Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is beginning to tactfully define the issues on which he will run his campaign for ANC presidency, says Daily Maverick's Ranjeni Munusamy.
Munusamy claims that Ramaphosa is putting distance between himself and President Jacob Zuma when making public remarks.
This comes after the deputy president spoke out about corruption, state capture and the cabinet reshuffle, first at a Black Business Council dinner last week and then at a Chris Hani memorial lecture in Uitenhage on Sunday.
Ramaphosa came out in favour of an independent judicial commission of inquiry into state capture, as recommended in last year's Public Protector report.
That is definitely distinguishing himself. He's basically introducing an issue and I think he is going to define his campaign on that.— Ranjeni Munusamy, Associate editor at the Daily Maverick
Munusamy says Ramaphosa's comments will likely frustrate Zuma, the top six and party's national working committee (NWC).
She points out that both Ramaphosa and former president Kgalema Motlanthe served as secretary generals of the ANC and should know the acceptable procedure when contesting in the leadership race.
They know the rules of the game better than anybody else.— Ranjeni Munusamy, Associate editor at the Daily Maverick
In an interview with Munusamy, Motlanthe said that breaking the rules was not the way to achieve high ranks.
Munusamy says that Ramaphosa has been cautious, while strategically "colouring outside the lines" without breaking the rules.
At the same time, she claims that there has been a willful violation of the ANC's decision not campaign in the succession battle, particularly by the ANC's Women's League in support of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
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