The year 2022 is historic for the African National Congress as they are going into their elective conference where new leaders who will change or maintain the narrative will be elected.
ANC's elective conference will be held in December, but it doesn't mean that contenders are waiting that long to work the ground. They have already started and several names have so far made headlines who will be competing in the race for the party's presidency.
The Radical Economic Transformation faction of the ANC aligned to Ace Magashule and former president, Jacob Zuma are confident that 2022 is their year and are set to make history in the lifetime of the African National Congress.
Although Ace Magashule is currently suspended and has pending court cases which might be a bottleneck for him to climb the ladder in the presidential race, he is however said to be one of those who are gunning for the party's highest office.
Magashule maintains that his suspension was part of president Cyril Ramaphosa's plan to paralyze his political career as he is a threat to Ramaphosa's bid for a second term.
What is also alleged is that former health minister, Zweli Mkhize who is an RET force will also be gunning for a top position at this year's elective conference. Mkhize and Magashule made headlines when they played a crucial role in helping eThekwini mayor Mxolisi Kaunda win the mayoral position for the second time and saved the metro from the opposition.
It comes as no surprise that Magashule and Mkhize have a strong backing from the RET forces as they have been very active in the party's structures since the time they got relieved of their duties.
David Mabuza has also made his political ambitions clear that he will be contesting again for deputy presidency. The party's Women's League is rallying behind Lindiwe Sisulu who is also a heavyweight within ANC.
From Cyril Ramaphosa's camp, Paul Mashatile is said to be gunning for the deputy presidency position, the same is speculated for Mathews Phosa.
After suffering a heavy defeat in the local government elections, ANC seeks to redeem itself in 2024 and how they will choose their leaders will have a negative or positive impact on the outcome of the 2024 national elections.
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