Former ANC national executive committee member Barbara Hogan has backed Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for the party’s president. Speaking on the sidelines of the ANC elective conference‚ which is currently under way in Nasrec‚ Hogan said about Ramaphosa: "My preference is for Cyril. He has always been‚ in his history‚ a smart negotiator. He always has the long view in mind and he is not the type who would smash the organisation for own his ego." Hogan took a swipe at President Jacob Zuma for suggesting that her late husband, Ahmed Kathrada, was persuaded to write an open letter he addressed to Zuma. The letter caused a stir earlier in 2017 when it was read at Kathrada’s funeral‚ which Zuma did not attend.

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