Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s chances of succeeding President Jacob Zuma are gradually vanishing.
This follows after Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Leader Julius Malema in an interview he had at ENCA’s CheckPoint, made an astonishing offer of merging with the African National Congress (ANC).
Malemma then predicated that after the 2019 elections, ANC support will drop below 50% while his party will increase to 9%-10%.
With Zuma’s second term as ANC president set to end in December 2017, it remains unclear who will be the next successor.
The ANC Youth League and Women’s League are vouching for a female president while the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Young Communist League of South Africa (YCLSA) have made it crystal that they support Ramaphosa as the next President.
Political Analyst, Aubrey Matshiqi said if the merger between the EFF and ANC would be successful, Ramaphosa’s future in the party would be jeopardised.
During Malema’s interview, he said he was willing to work with Winnie Madikizela Mandela once the two parties have merged, however Matshiqi said Madikizela-Mandela would have to play a huge role of mediation between Malema and Ramaphosa.
“If Winnie Mandela is going to become a factor in an kind of mediations process, I suspect it going to me a multi pronged process…it may also be about Cyril Ramaphosa’s future in the ANC so she may play a mediation role in that respect,” said Matshiqi.
“Of cause she must make Cryril Ramaphosa acceptable to Julius Malema in the EFF, given Marikana,” added Matshiqi.
Matshiqi then reiterated that if there shall be a merger, Ramaphosa’s chances of being the next President will lie on Madikizela-Mandela’s ability to convince Malema.
By Senzile Kubheka