ANC 2017 Elective Conference

'Zuma expects to rule from behind the throne'

Outgoing ANC President Jacob Zuma's speech at the 54th ANC Elective Conference indicated that he is ready to vacate his leadership role and 'retire'.

However political commentator Vukani Mde is not entirely convinced and says that this does not necessarily mean he intends to loosen the reigns completely.

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Mde says that despite Zuma's seeming eagerness to hand over power, he has an expectation that his preferred successor will take over.

We shouldn't take it at face value. What he expects is that he will rule from behind the throne.

Vukani Mde, Political commentator

He is very invested in the current fight for the successor and he has a preferred candidate there.

Vukani Mde, Political commentator

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When it comes to the vote for the top six positions, EWN's Clement Manyathela says that one should pay attention to the caucuses occurring all around the conference.

He adds that it is important to keep an eye on these caucuses, particularly because these could inform how delegates will vote.

The last caucus was around 11 pm last night, there was another one this morning, and they are having another one now at 3:15 pm. It shows that we have to keep them in check, we can't afford for some of them to go unnoticed.

Clement Manyatela, EWN

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