Ramaphosa's Endorsement Of Pandor: Can ANC Choose Excellence Over Loyalty?

CATEGORY: Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery
DATE: 16 November 2017
AUTHOR: The Republic Mail

With Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa under fire for announcing his preferred Top Six, YONELA DIKO argues that the move might be in the interest of the ANC that goes for competence over rewarding loyalty.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was widely criticized, rightfully so, even by his avid supporters for announcing his preferred Top Six to contest elections at the upcoming ANC elective congress this December. Although most of the names he announced were already nominated widely at ANC Branches, the problem, as stated by Secretary General and as acknowledged by Ramaphosa himself, was that the nomination of candidates for ANC conferences remains the prerogative of ANC Branches and no one, even a frontrunner like him, must be seen to be either influencing branches in how they should vote or be seen to be dictating to Branches on how they should nominate.

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