There are speculations that President Jacob Zuma could be looking for a way to get rid of his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa.
Co-founder of the National Union of Mineworkers, James Matlatsi, has suggested that Ramaphosa could be axed on the basis of a dodgy intelligence report.
Political analyst Ralph Mathekga says it will be a daring move by the President to fire Cyril Ramaphosa when the December conference is just around the corner.
I don't know what Zuma will achieve by doing that because it could end up working very well for Cyril Ramaphosa in a sense that he will have more time at hand to actually campaign.— Ralph Mathekga, Political and Policy Analyst
If you look at his campaign, I think he has been held back by the fact that he is part of the administration and he has to take a level of responsibility regarding the performance of that administration. Hence he doesn't come out forthright on certain issues.— Ralph Mathekga, Political and Policy Analyst
If Cyril Ramaphosa is fired, he won't have to worry about the position of government, he can critisise certain conducts of government says Mathekga.
Mathekga says according to the available information, there's a dark cloud hanging over the ANC's elective conference. He says the processes so far do not give an indication that the conference will be free and fair.
The problem with the ANC is that it doesn't want to institutionalise its internal mechanism to allow open contests and if you are not allowing for an open contest in time, you are allowing people to go through other means to engage in clandestine means including the use of money....— Ralph Mathekga, Political and Policy Analyst
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