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Concerned group ‘Unity 2022 forum’ advocates making Patrice Motsepe the new ANC president

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A number of worried ANC members has shown interest in appointing Patrice Motsepe, the CAF president and a South African business magnate, the future ANC party president.

Mining billionaire and CAF president Patrice Motsepe, according to the ‘Unity 2022 forum,’ should be the next president since he is an impartial character.

According to forum chairperson Emmanuel Makgoga, none of the top six leaders would be able to save the ANC.
“Everyone can see that the ANC is in great difficulty, even the top members concur.” Patrice Motsepe, we believe, should become the ANC’s president in December 2022 and the party’s face in 2024. “We are certain that he can save the sinking ship,” he stated.

After the November 1 local government elections, the ANC received just 47.9% of the vote, pushing the party into opposition in the metros of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni, and Tshwane.

While President Cyril Ramaphosa had “done well,” the group said that giving him a second term would further weaken  ANC.

“At this point, the issue is out of our hands. If we go to the polls with the same faces, we will almost certainly receive less than 40% of the vote, forcing SA to form a coalition government.

“We can’t keep our arms folded while our nation is snatched from us,” Makgoga remarked.

The national conference elects the party’s president, vice president, national chairman, and other senior officials separately.

A person must have been a member in good standing of the ANC for at least 10 years before being nominated for election to the party’s highest decision-making body, the national executive committee, according to the ANC constitution enacted at the 54th national conference in Nasrec.

Despite the internal party processes, Makgoga thinks Motsepe may still become president. When asked why they chose to support Motsepe, the group highlighted the ANC’s poor electoral performance, factional fights, and corruption, among other factors.

“It’s always possible to make an exception. You may recall that during these elections, the president indicated that as part of the candidate selection criterion, even non-members of the party might be elected as councillors.”

The organization stated that it had not yet informed Motsepe of its plan to back him for president in various party chapters.

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