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Ramaphosa to speak at ANC KZN conference

In turn, African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa will now deliver the closing remarks at the party’s electoral conference in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) this weekend.

KZN’s ANC recently elected a new leadership made up of the so-called “Taliban” faction within the party that has spoken out against Ramaphosa’s allies. Siboniso Duma defeated Sihle Zikalala for the presidency by 930 votes to 665. Nomagugu Simelane is now the provincial deputy chairman, while Sipho Hlomuka has made a comeback as deputy provincial secretary. Ntuhuko Mahlaba is the new ANC KZN Treasurer and Bheki Mtolo is the new Provincial Secretary.

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How will ANC KZN receive RAMAPHOSA?

The new ANC KZN president had previously announced that President Cyril Ramaphosa would not end the meeting due to other commitments.

It is not clear why Ramaphosa did not participate, but it is suggested that it may be because those belonging to his faction in the ANC lost out to those in the opposition. The question now is whether Ramaphosa will receive a warm welcome at the meeting.

Speaking at OCC Duma, Ramaphosa called him on the morning of Sunday 24 July 2022 to congratulate him and the rest of the new leadership.

“Unfortunately, today he has another appointment, so the chairman will end the meeting. We just received warm greetings and congratulations from the president this morning,” Duma said.

He is vying with Sihle Zikalala for the presidency after businessman and AmaZulu FC boss Sandile Zungu rejected the nomination. On the other hand, KZN Finance MEC, Nomusa Dube-Ncube did not meet the 25% threshold and could not run for chairman.

Thanks to the past influence of the two former ANC Youth League leaders, the Taliban group is expected to win, with Duma as president and Mtolo as secretary. The group reportedly secured a last-minute deal aimed at uniting RET forces at an electoral conference, which also earned them strong support from the eThekwini region.

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