Cape Town – The Limpopo ANC branch has reportedly nominated South African billionaire and businessman, Patrice Motsepe to run for the position of party president.
The branch, which has dubbed its campaign ‘Unity 2022’, believes Motsepe is the only candidate who was “not seen to be corrupt”, reported IOL.
It nominated the billionaire against President Cyril Ramaphosa and former health minister Dr. Zweli Mkhize, the report said.
Malekeng Magane branch deputy chairperson dismissed Limpopo ANC provincial executive committee (PEC) declaration to endorse Ramaphosa for the ANC presidency.
He said the PEC was not being truthful toward the elective conference.
“We have comrades in all the provinces lobbying other branches to support Motsepe and we have spoken to him and have written to him. He has not agreed that he would stand nor has he disagreed.
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“We don’t expect him to say yes now. Even the current president (Ramaphosa) has not raised his hand to say he is standing,” the report qouted Makgoga as saying
This is not the first time Motsepe’s name has come up for the role. In December 2021, a group of aggrieved ANC members known as Unity 2022 Forum called for the billionaire to become SA’s next president, reported TimesLIVE.
The forum warned that if the ANC did not change its face going into the conference, it risked having its electoral support dip below over 40% in the 2024 national elections, the report said.
“The ANC is in big trouble, everyone can see that, even the senior members agree. We are saying Patrice Motsepe must become the president of the ANC in December 2022 and the face of the party in 2024. We strongly feel he can rescue the sinking ship,” the report quoted forum chairperson, Emmanuel Makgoga.
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Compiled by Olwethu Mpeshe