Natasha Marrian Deputy editor: Financial Mail

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has angered some of his own backers by outlining his preferred leadership team ahead of the ANC’s elective conference in December. Ramaphosa’s campaigners in some ANC structures were taken aback by the move on Sunday. Even though his line-up was well-known, Ramaphosa’s announcement of the slate caught them by surprise and caused some discomfort. The slate included current secretary-general Gwede Mantashe as chairman, Gauteng chairman Paul Mashatile as treasurer-general and his ally in KwaZulu-Natal, Senzo Mchunu, as secretary-general. Ramaphosa did not name a candidate for the post of deputy secretary-general. In naming his preferred team, Ramaphosa was slapped down by Mantashe, who berated him for "usurping" the rights of branches to select their preferred candidates.It comes at a time when Ramaphosa’s main rival in the race for the ANC presidency, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, is embroiled in a scandal over the financing of her bid. A Sunday Times report...

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