Defence minister, Thandi Modise has emerged as the frontrunner for the position of the ANC deputy president according to the list released by president Cyril Ramaphosa's supporters ahead of the party's elective conference.
David Mabuza during the election campaign, had made clear his political ambition to run again for the deputy president position, but he was strongly rebuked by ANC head of elections Fikile Mbalula who said Mabuza wanted to further his political ambitions at the wrong time.
Deputy president Mabuza who had been in and out of the country seeking medical help, was described by several critics as unfit to hold office, but the former RET champion who switched sides at Nasrec conference to join Cyril Ramaphosa's camp at the eleventh hour said he is as fit as a horse to contest again.
It seems Mabuza was used to boost Cyril Ramaphosa, and his Mpumalanga support base gave him the much desired win he needed at Nasrec to paralyze Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, but now it seems David Mabuza is not required anymore to boost Ramaphosa in CR22 campaign, that's why he is being ditched.
What is also speculated is that Cyril Ramaphosa, mineral resources and energy minister Gwede Mantashe and ANC treasurer general, Paul Mashatile will retain their positions if all goes according to the plan.
Senzo Mchunu who was Cyril Ramaphosa's candidate for the secretary general position at Nasrec is set to contest for the position and replace Ace Magashule.
It's alleged that Thandi Modise emerged as the favourable candidate in the CR22 slate because she proved her loyalty to Cyril Ramaphosa during her tenure as speaker of parliament.
When she was appointed as defence minister to replace Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, it's alleged it was part of the plan to then parachute her to the deputy president position.
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