The ANC has criticised Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for unveiling his "slate" ahead of the party’s December conference. Ramaphosa’s move to name his preferred leadership team was quite unorthodox as the organisation prefers its elective contests to be kept out of public scrutiny. Ramaphosa publicly pronounced that national executive committee member Naledi Pandor was his preferred candidate to deputise him. Speaking at a rally in Limpopo he also said Senzo Mchunu, Gwede Mantashe, Paul Mashatile were his preferred candidates for secretary general, chairperson and treasurer-general, respectively. While a statement from Mantashe’s office on Monday did not name Ramaphosa, it was clearly directed at him as he was the only presidential contender to publicly list his slate. "Such pronouncements are unacceptable whether comrades have a preference or not and seek to usurp the entrenched right of the branches to nominate candidates of their choosing," Mantashe said in the statement issued...

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