Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has called on ANC branches to be strong and united so the party could win the 2019 national elections. The governing party is facing a real threat of losing its majority in 2019 in provinces such as Gauteng, with opposition parties smelling blood after the ANC lost power in three key metros in the 2016 municipal elections. "It is when the ANC is strong that we will be able to win the election in 2019," Ramaphosa told an ANC cadres forum in Soshanguve. He said branches must be united, strong and must get rid of factionalism. "We must not be an ANC that loses elections. It must be the ANC that wins elections. Also here in Tshwane," Ramaphosa said. Tshwane is one of the metros, with Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay, in which the ANC lost power in 2016. Ramaphosa, who is in running for the ANC presidency in December, was cheered by ANC members who attended the event in Tshwane, while some sang "My President". He told the members their responsibility w...

Subscribe now to unlock this article.

Support BusinessLIVE’s award-winning journalism for R129 per month (digital access only).

There’s never been a more important time to support independent journalism in SA. Our subscription packages now offer an ad-free experience for readers.

Cancel anytime.

Would you like to comment on this article?
Sign up (it's quick and free) or sign in now.

Speech Bubbles

Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.