THE RUN OF PLAY
Cyril weighs up his running mates
Challenges to the ANC conferences in KwaZulu Natal and the Eastern Cape could have far-reaching consequences for the party’s succession race — as will Cyril Ramaphosa’s choice of running mate
Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is facing a conundrum over the selection of his running mate as the ANC’s presidential succession race hots up. Over the weekend, Ramaphosa addressed the Umkhonto we Sizwe National Council flanked by presidential hopeful Lindiwe Sisulu. While Sisulu’s presence at the council makes sense — she is a former combatant — insiders say it is another confirmation that Ramaphosa views her as his running mate in the succession battle. Ramaphosa is up against Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is supported by President Jacob Zuma. She is running on a ticket for a female president, with her staunchest backers coming from the ANC Women’s League.It is likely this that led ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, viewed as a supporter of Ramaphosa, to publicly indicate that there cannot be two men in the presidency, placing pressure on Ramaphosa to ensure that a female candidate is represented strongly on his slate.Herein lies Ramaphosa’s conundrum. Should he throw his lot i...