South African ANC to confirm presidential candidate
The African National Congress (ANC) is expected to confirm today that President Jacob Zuma will be its candidate for president in this year’s elections when it releases its national list.
The party has been meeting over the last few days to determine who will represent it in parliament and the provincial legislatures.
Zuma appears to be a shoe-in for number one on the ANC’s list followed by ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa at number two.
But the list could get more interesting after that.
People will be looking to see whether high-profile cabinet members such as Planning Minister Trevor Manuel and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan will be featured on the list.
Manuel refused election to the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) at Mangaung in 2012, while Gordhan refused to comment on his future just last week.
This list could also provide guidance on who Zuma will keep in his cabinet after elections.
The ruling party held its two-day Lekgotla meeting at the Saint George Hotel in Irene at the weekend where NEC members evaluated the progress the party has made over the past year.