Radebe's name thrown in the ring for ANC presidency

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Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development Jeff Radebe during a press conference on May 19, 2013 in Pretoria.

Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development Jeff Radebe during a press conference on May 19, 2013 in Pretoria.

JOHANNESBURG – The ANC's zonal structure in Midvaal, Gauteng has given their support to Jeff Radebe in the race to become ANC and country president.

Radebe addressed branch members while delivering the Oliver Tambo Memorial Lecture.

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“He's a selfless leader. And from our zone point of view, we think Jeff Radebe will be a very good President and we're saying he must be the President and we'll support him all the way until the national conference. And we're sure that he's going to win the conference and will be African National Congress president after conference, “ said ANC Midvaal Zone Chairperson, Tefo Molakeng.

Radebe did not reject the idea out of hand.

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“What I'm saying is that let's wait until the structures of the ANC do the right thing. Right now people are talking about names, but the actual process of nominating will start in September. But I've never refused to be deployed by members of the ANC since I joined this organisation. There is no position that is big and small for me. What is important is to contribute towards the attainment of a better life for the people of South Africa,” he said.

Radebe said he had learnt from late ANC president Oliver Tambo to be a cadre whose loyalty is unquestionable, but not blind and unquestioning.

“The history from 1994 is very clear. I've been in this government since 1994, whenever I've been called upon to do something in government I do it in the best of my abilities, from public works up until now. So I think I've stood up to scrutiny. I've never wavered when decisions had to be taken in the interests of our people.”

The Midvaal ANC zonal structure said it plans to lobby other branches and regions to rally behind Radebe.