Pres. Zuma could likely be succeeded by his ex-spouse Dlamini-Zuma or his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa – who everyone had tipped the be the best and rightful candidate for the top post.
Though the ANC succession debates are still some time away, President Zuma on Sunday, in a shallow description, painted a picture of the candidate the party should consider fit and ‘perfect’ for the post.
He said the prospective ANC leader must have a proven track record and be able to organize and inspire the masses to be their own liberators.
In addition, Zuma told the party to elect people base on merit and not otherwise.
“Our comrades must learn to elect people based on merit and not because of the amount of money he or she can afford to buy votes. We want you to elect people who have a track record of doing well for the movement and who have the ability to take the movement to greater heights,” he added.
He assured the party that he won’t be taking a nap after the completion of his tenure, as he would lead the campaign on political education in all the party branches.
He promised: “When I step down after the elections, I will not rest on my laurels. I am going to go to every branch of the ANC in South Africa to lead the party’s programme on political education.”
Interestingly, he implored ANC members to shine brightly among their equals in order to pull them to the ruling party – which he described as the only political movement saddled with the responsibility of liberating people from the shackles of apartheid.
Zuma said “We, therefore, encourage all members of the ANC to conduct themselves in a manner that will compel members of other political organizations to join the ANC. Your public appearance and your conduct will help bring more members to the ANC.”