Zikalala wants losing ANC presidential candidate to automatically be deputy

The African National Congress (ANC) KwaZulu-Natal chair, Sihle Zikalala, proposed that there be a deal within the governing party where the candidate that loses the presidential contest automatically becomes the party's deputy president.

Zikalala explains why his proposal will work and be developed as an approach to the forthcoming elective conference which the ruling party will host in December.

Read: Zuma using his platform in divisive, un-ANC way, says stalwart Cheryl Carolus

It will help us to dissolve factions. Even the leaders that will be elected will need to be cadres that are prepared to uproot factionalism.

Sihle Zikalala, ANC KwaZulu-Natal chair

Zikalala refutes claims that his proposal is an attempt to secure Former African Union (AU) chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma gets a seat at the table. Ours is just a humble opinion to build unity says Zikalala.

On Monday, President Jacob Zuma conducted a walking tour of the conference venue at the ANC's National Policy Conference.

EWN reporter, Masa Kekana was there.

Kekana says Zuma told reporters that the conference was going well so far and said what the party has realised is that there is a problem of implementation and that is what they will be focusing on.

It seems he did a turnaround on his views of the ANC stalwarts, a group of ardent critics.

Interestingly enough, he mentioned the input from the stalwarts, in just one line he said, they've made great contributions and the input from the stalwarts was quite valuable.

Masa Kekana, EWN reporter

Also read: Zuma questions legitimacy of ANC stalwarts during his ANC policy conference talk

Susan Booysen, political analyst and professor at the Wits School of Governance, tells host of the Midday Report, Stephen Grootes that there is a little on-going war between ANC stalwarts and President Jacob Zuma. She adds that the stalwarts have been portrayed by Zuma and other ANC members as bitter which she says isn't the case.

Listen to the clip in the audio below:


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