President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday that the ANC is not concerned about the formation of new parties by former members wishing to challenge the ruling party in elections this year.
Speaking to Foreign Minister Uhosi on Tuesday evening, Ramaphosa said that the ANC would not “waste our time” on splinter parties, including the former SABC chief executive officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng.
At the start of his African Content Movement, Motsoeneng challenged Ramaphosa, saying, “I don’t think Ramaphosa can beat me.”
Speaking in Zulu, Ramaphosa said: “I will meet him (Motsoeneng) at the finish line. We are watching what is happening with some emerging parties, but the ANC is not worried.
“We are focused on achieving absolute victory in the upcoming elections. We will not waste our time on small lots and fragments, which, in our opinion, will not harm the ANC,” he added.
“This is not a new phenomenon on the eve of the elections, because we had about 200 parties, but the ANC will always come out on top, so this does not bother us.”
Another former ANC member, former cabinet minister Mzwanele Manyi, has recently announced his retirement from the ANC. He is expected to announce his new political home on Wednesday in Johannesburg.
Ramaphosa also took part in compiling the lists of the ANC, stating that the requirement that 20% of the candidates must be young should lead to the emergence of professionals such as lawyers and engineers who will offer “fresh ideas”. According to Ramaphosa, all men and women to be on the benches of the ANC will be men and women of good faith with an impeccable reputation, despite the fact that some of them have put forward a controversial story.
“The ANC list is a process. And due diligence will be carried out so that those who go to parliament and legislative bodies trust the society, but this process takes time,” Ramaphosa said.