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Ramaphosa facing ANC leadership challenge


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South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa is in a tight party leadership race against his former health minister – whom he forced to resign amid corruption allegations.

Zweli Mkhize is enjoying a last minute surge at the African National Congress (ANC) conference in Johannesburg, reports say.

The candidates are fighting for the support of some 4 426 delegates.

The winner will lead the party to the next general elections in 2024.

If Mkhize does win he would become ANC leader, but Mr Ramaphosa would remain president.

Ramaphosa had faced calls to resign ahead of the conference over an alleged cover up of theft of a large sum of foreign currency that was hidden in a sofa at his private farm.

An independent report commissioned by the speaker of parliament said Ramaphosa may have broken the law but he has denied any wrongdoing.

On Tuesday, ANC MPs were instructed to back Ramaphosa and vote down an attempt to start an impeachment process. Only a handful defied the whip clearing a huge hurdle that would have locked him out of the party leadership race.

On Friday, some delegates heckled Ramaphosa, with some displaying the name of his Phala Phala farm where the theft took place.

Mkhize’s supporters also chanted “change” and “He [Ramaphosa] is not coming back!”

The former health minister was forced to leave office last year after allegations emerged that a communications company linked to his family benefited from a contract at the height of the COVID pandemic. He has denied any wrongdoing.

Supporters of candidates running for the party’s presidency and other six top seats have been involved in intense lobbying ahead of the vote which is expected to be completed later on Sunday. (BBC)


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