On Monday night, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s home ward was celebrating the election of Cyril Ramaphosa as ANC president. Ward 32, the Gedleyihlekisa branch — named after President Jacob Zuma’s middle name — nominated Ramaphosa for the ANC presidency. The branch has, however, extended an olive branch to Dlamini-Zuma following her defeat. "We never supported her candidacy‚ which resulted in us not even going to the national conference. But she is our leader. We support her and we still need her leadership and guidance‚" said branch secretary Siyabulela Njokweni. He said the branch had tried all it could to have a political discussion with Dlamini-Zuma over their differences‚ but that she never asked them to endorse her and never held any activities in her own branch. This‚ they felt‚ basically amounted to her snubbing them. "It’s all water under the bridge now. We are hoping she will be included in the NEC (national executive committee) because we still want to have an NEC member in this...

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