As the battle for the ANC presidential race kicks off gradually following statements within and outside the party of who succeeds Zuma , the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Friday said the ruling party African National Congress (ANC) should follow the party’s tradition and allow the deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa to be the next president.

Cosatu was responding to the interview President Zuma did with the local radio station.

Hinnews recalls that President Zuma said his party ANC has been ready for the women president for years. Zuma said it is not the ANC tradition that the deputy president would automatically become president.

So far, two names have been suggested as possible candidates to succeed Zuma. These are the deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa and Zuma’s former wife, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma who is the African Union (AU) Commission chairperson.

Zuma said it’s up to his party to choose who will succeed him. Cosatu then disagreed with him. Sizwe Pamla, Cosatu national spokesperson said it has always been the ANC tradition for deputy president to automatically become president.