The Race: Poll shows Ramaphosa leading the race

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File: ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the January 8 statement on Tuesday.

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JOHANNESBURG - Research shows ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa leads the pack in the race for the party’s presidency.

Markdata and African Response tapped into 16 focus groups of ANC supporters in KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga, Gauteng and the Eastern Cape, giving a voice to ANC supporters who voted for the party in the 2014 and 2016 elections.

Respondents believe the deputy president is competent and not easily corruptible but they do flag concerns that his leadership may be compromised by his dealings with big capital.

As Cyril Ramaphosa makes a move for the ANC presidency, his message of organisational renewal and a hard line against corruption has struck a chord with party members.

The members believe Ramaphosa has what it takes to lead the party and restore its core values, and his experience in the union movement and founding South Africa’s constitutional democracy makes him the ideal candidate.

His campaign to unseat President Jacob Zuma also seems to be gathering momentum.

“What the Cyril Ramaphosa campaign has done, they have pulled President Jacob Zuma out from the shadows – he doesn’t like to be seen to be fighting. He makes these announcements late at night – he makes them quickly like he did last week and catches everyone by surprise,” says Karima Brown, Political Analyst.

South Africa will know in less than 60 days if Ramaphosa has the presidency – or if another candidate beats him on the road to Nasrec.

READ: How The Race polls were conducted