The ANC has dismissed as “rubbish” a poster showing an apparent slate for the party’s 2022 national conference.
The poster surfaced on social media on Friday and put forward ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule as a candidate for ANC President.
Duduzane Zuma ‘for Deputy President’
Duduzane Zuma, who is former President Jacob Zuma’s son, is indicated as a candidate for Deputy President, while Deputy Secretary-General Jessie Duarte is put forward as Secretary-General.
Others in the slate include former North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo as National Chairperson, ANC NEC member Tony Yengeni as Treasurer-General and Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane as Deputy Secretary-General.
It is unclear who the source of the poster is. Speaking to TimeLIVE on Saturday, Duarte said it was “rubbish.”
“I am not willing to dignify this with any interviews. Stop proving, only the branches of the ANC has a right to choose. Slates of any kind serve only to sow divisions,” she said.
In a statement on Saturday, ANC spokesperson Dakota Legoete also said Magashule, Duarte and others mentioned in the slate had distanced themselves from it.
Duarte and Magashule “have cautioned divisive elements both within and outside the ANC to refrain from using names of ANC leaders in their factional and divisive agenda,” Legoate added.
He said the process towards the ANC’s 2022 conference had not started and emphasised that this “alien tendency” must be stopped.
During a rally Magashule addressed earlier this month after appearing in court on corruption charges, some of his supporters openly called for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s resignation and the installation of Magashule as President.
The ANC is deeply divided between those supporting Ramaphosa’s anti-corruption agenda and those pushing for “radical economic transformation” (RET) associated with Magashule and Zuma.
These divisions could play out at the ANC National General Council (NGC), the party’s mid-term review scheduled for 2021.