After being endorsed by the acting king of the AbaThembu, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has hinted he is confident he will become the next president of the ANC.
In a brief interview after he laid wreaths at the grave of late AbaThembu king Sabata Dalindyebo this weekend, acting king Azenathi Dalindyebo said he was confident Ramaphosa would address the ANC January 8 statement in East London next year.
“We think he is the most rightful person to steer South Africa forward. We need people like him who can stabilise our economy and country. So, if he is coming and visiting the Thembu nation in the actual place where kings are buried we grant him most favourable opportunities to take over South Africa,” said Azenathi.
Ramaphosa said the acting king’s sentiments echoed the “wishes of a number of delegates who would be going to the ANC conference”.
“The king’s wishes are wishes that will be fulfilled. It’s his wishes and we hope they will be fulfilled,” Ramaphosa said.
The deputy president said he was honoured to have been welcomed by the AbaThembu nation.
“I am very pleased to be here to have been welcomed by the king of the AbaThembus. For me it’s a great honour. And the greater honour was to be taken by the king to go and pay my respects to his forebears,” Ramaphosa said, pointing out that Bumbane was the home of the ANC.
King Dalindyebo donated 100 cows when the ANC was formed.