The African National Congress (ANC), 105th anniversary celebrations in the Eastern Cape were dominated by the issue of leadership succession.
Cyril Ramaphosa, the party’s deputy president was the keynote speaker.
He warned supporters to vote for honest leaders if they want a better ANC and say NO when people come to bribe them with money. You must resist corruption.
He urged supporters to elect leaders they trust and not be forced to give votes to one or other faction.
“You mustn’t agree when people come to bribe you with money, showing you lists or slates with those you must vote for. The leaders must be elected by you at the branches.
“Elect the leaders you trust, you love and you know won’t steal money and won’t lie and you know will work for the people. Leaders must not be elected in the boardroom,” he said.
“As we elected you comrade DP, we’ve not elected the Ruperts. We elect our leaders alone. If the Ruperts are friends, don’t impose them on us. At least you haven’t confirmed them as friends.
“The same applies to comrade Zuma. We did not elect the Guptas, we elected him. At least he’s confirmed they are his friends. He must not impose them on us,” said SACP provincial secretary Xolile Nqatha.
“This is the year we are going to show them who we are. A lot of them think that they can do as they please, thinking they can achieve whatever they want.
“They must wait. At the right time we will announce who we are going to support but for now we are holding onto our horses,” said Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle.