South African president fights for political life

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa, engaged in the biggest battle of his political life, has survived a planned political coup by asking the ANC’s integrity committee to investigate accounts of a campaign that financed his campaign for the presidency of the ANC.

Sources in the ANC, a party that has been divided into two factions, have revealed that Ramaphosa volunteered to submit himself and the CR17 campaign for a probe into, among others, the R400-million received in donations.

Ramaphosa is said to have told the NEC meeting, in his presidential address, that he had also asked the integrity committee – headed by veteran ANC member George Mashamba – to guide how the party should approach leadership contests.

Ramaphosa move outfoxed his opponents who were planning to use the NEC, meeting to remove him from the leadership of the ANC.

The national executive committee of the ANC, the highest decision-making structure in between conferences, was the perfect stage for some kind of a final push to start the end for Ramaphosa.

Ahead of the conference, opponents of the president mobilized strongly against him in moves designed to create doubt on his integrity and his political life. Ramaphosa’s political foes revived an old scandal, the funding of this political campaign and asked the NEC to investigate the matter.

Then, in an unusual move, former president Jacob Zuma, wrote a scathing letter to Ramaphosa. 

Sources in the NEC said ANC NEC members Tony Yengeni and Nomvula Mokonyane called for Ramaphosa to step down.

Ramaphosa’s stance against corruption has made him unpopular within a party among those whose names have been linked to corruption.

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