Mantashe adamant in Ramaphosa support

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African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe gestures during a press briefing.

African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe gestures during a press briefing.

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African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe gestures during a press briefing.

African National Congress (ANC) Secretary General Gwede Mantashe gestures during a press briefing.

PLETTENBERG BAY - ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe has repeated his call for the party to elect a female deputy president.

Mantashe also again endorsed Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed President Jacob Zuma.

Speaking in Plettenberg Bay on Tuesday, Mantasha said the party will face a crisis if Zuma doesn't hand over to Ramaphosa.

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He said it's ANC tradition for the Deputy President to succeed the President.

Zuma is believed to support former African Union Commission chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to succeed him.

But Mantashe said the ANC would be owed an explanation if Ramaphosa doesn't get the top job.

He said the party should elect a female deputy to smooth over internal battles.