Deputy President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, has been endorsed to succeed President Jacob Zuma.
He was backed by an influential mining union, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM).
Since the conclusion of the South African municipal elections, which saw the African National Congress suffer a big loss, many have begun wondering who will succeed the President.
President Zuma’s tenure had been laden with scandal after scandal. From the accusations of rape to the big Nkandla scandal in which he used government funds to give his home a luxury upgrade.
The National Union of Mineworkers, which has to be one of the biggest unions in South Africa, expressed their wish to see Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa – also of the ANC – become the next president of South Africa.
Although he did not include extra details, the General Secretary of the NUM, David Sipunzi added that there are others, possibly organizations, who are in support of Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa becoming the next President of South Africa.
Although the ANC has not listed the fore-runner of the next South African presidential elections, Zuma is nonetheless expected to step down as the president of the ANC next year ahead of the presidential elections slated for 2019.
High ranking members of the ANC such as Jacob Zuma’s brother and former first lady Winnie Mandela have called for a new leadership in the African National Congress party.
The ANC, the party of the late Nelson Mandela, has been at the helm of government in South Africa since the end of Apartheid in 1994.
Cyril Ramaphosa is a wealthy businessman and also one of the founding members of the NUM. It is believed that Ramaphosa will make good business-related decisions that will boost the South African economy.
However, Ramaphosa has not declared any intention to succeed president Zuma.