According to a regional leader, Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is digging his own political grave
Mr Cyril Ramaphosa stumped the ANC in Limpopo after his controversial public announcement that he was not born in Limpopo, but in Gauteng.
This astonishing announcement was made on Saturday night at the Ranch Hotel outside Polokwane during the ANC’s 104th provincial anniversary celebrations.
The gala dinner was attended by ANC provincial bigwigs, regional leaders and business people.
“I was born and bred in Chiawelo, Soweto,” said Ramaphosa to a baffled, full-to-capacity hall.
“This is the greatest political blunder,” said one regional leader after the event.
“Ramaphosa has dug his political grave. We all supported him to take over as leader of the party because we thought he was a son of the soil. When we joined the ANC, we were told he was born in Madombidzha village, outside Makhado. But now we are taken aback by his announcement that he is not one of our own.”
The ANC in the province has, meanwhile, distanced itself from a lobby group which supports Ramaphosa to replace President Jacob Zuma as ANC leader in 2017.
ANC Youth League (ANCYL) and ANC Women’s League (ANCWL) publicly announced their preference for a female president to take over from Zuma.