Dlamini-Zuma in war of words with Mantashe

File: ANC MP Nkosana Dlamini-Zuma criticised the party's secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe, on Sunday after he appeared to back her rival in the ANC succession race Cyril Ramaphosa. Photo: eNCA\DiTiro Selepe

JOHANNESBURG - ANC presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has hit out at party secretary-general Gwede Mantashe after a string of tweets that seemed to endorse her opponent in the race to become ANC president.

Mantashe said the party would be heading into a crisis if President Jacob Zuma resisted handing over to his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa.


Dlamini-Zuma responded: "As a disciplined ANC member, ANC elections are a democratic process that is done by the branches of the ANC, anyone who predicts chaos in the ANC when the branches are exercising their democratic right is not a true cadre of the ANC.

She was addressing an ANC cadres forum on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast alongside provincial chairperson Sihle Zikalala.

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Zikalala also criticised Mantashe's comments.

"Those people who are predicting chaos are trying to instigate chaos, and we as members of the ANC will need to be very very vigilant and not be provoked by people who will sound as alarmists serving agents provocateurs.

"That is totally out of order and wrong. There will be no chaos.

Zikalala said in a number of instances deputies had not been elected to the presidential position. "If people believed deputies must be elected we could have been led by Comrade Willies [Mchunu, the KwaZulu-Natal premier a] long time ago."

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The KwaZulu-Natal ANC leadership, which is in dispute following a High Court ruling that declared a 2015 elective conference unlawful, says it sees Dlamini-Zuma as the person who can unite and lead the ANC. 



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