Cyril Ramaphosa says the ANC leaders should unite the party at their elective conference next week.
"Our movement is divided and there are factions," the vice president said Thursday night on 702 Talk Radio. "The challenge we face, particularly in this conference, is how we will unite the ANC and how we will come out of this conference."
The winner of the conference will choose a successor for President Jacob Zuma. since the head of the party will be his presidential candidate in the 2019 elections. The election caused deep divisions within the 105-year ANC, weighed on the rand and bonds and unsettled investors seeking political and political clarity.
Ramaphosa did not give an explicit response during Thursday's broadcast when asked if he would, if he is defeated in the leadership contest, accept the position of Nkosazana deputy Dlamini-Zuma.
"If, for example, I do not succeed to become president, I will have to reflect on whether it should be deployed elsewhere or deployed in the same position," he said. "Then, it's going to be an issue that I'm going to want to reflect on."
Ramaphosa said that the economy could grow at a faster rate and that the government had been diverted by self-interest and capture by the state. The ANC should never allow its policy to be for sale and he would not "sell his soul for any interest," said Ramaphosa.
"I think our economy is not a growth economy of 1% or 2%, I think it can grow at 4% and we can revitalize our economy if we do the right thing," he said. "We've realized that corruption abounds and we're going to tackle it, we're going to eradicate corruption and that's a promise I can make."
Former finance ministers Nhlanhla Nene and Pravin Gordhan should return to the government, Ramaphosa said. The dismissal of Zuma de Gordhan in March caused the country to lose its investment grade status with two rating companies for the first time in 17 years.
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"I would like all those people who returned to government service because they have an incredible role to play in helping us develop." Many of those who have just been expelled were expelled for reasons other than their lack of competition, "said Ramaphosa.
He has won the backing of more ANC branches than Dlamini-Zuma, which gives him an edge in next week's elections. Ramaphosa was nominated for the presidency of the ANC by 1,860 branches, while 1,330 supported his main rival. The branches will nominate delegates who will represent 90% of the 5,240 votes in the conference.
The support of Dlamini-Zuma in the regions that will send relatively more delegates to the meeting will increase their chances, Collen Maine, the leader of the ANC & # 39; Youth League & # 39 ;, which supports it for the first place, said In an interview. Another 223 branches in Mpumalanga that have not yet given a preference have been instructed to support Dlamini-Zuma, Business Day reported.