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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Daily Maverick by Carien du Plessis.]

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of his preferred leadership slate, should he become president, didn’t only draw criticism from within the ANC. It also had his campaign team split in two in a debate about the old versus the new, exposing tension about principles within his camp. 

Given his knack for Mantashing, it wasn’t really a surprise that ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe slapped the Cyril Ramaphosa campaign with a press release on Monday, without mentioning names, saying the announcement of slates was “unacceptable”.

But this time around Mantashe, who appears on the slate as chairperson, didn’t change his mind about Ramaphosa’s announcement or about being on the slate. He was against such a public display of association right from the word go, but lost the debate in the campaign caucus the week before.

Comrades should not “seek to usurp the entrenched right of the branches to nominate candidates of their choosing”, Mantashe said in the statement issued by the ANC.

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