Here’s what politicians and celebrities had to say about the new ANC leaders

Staff Reporter
2017-12-19 14:15
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Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma greeting the newly elected ANC President Cyril Ramamphosa in Nasrec. Picture: Tebogo Letsie

The ANC’s election conference has, as the “woke” say, been “lit”. Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as president of the organisation last night in a dramatic election, marred by allegations of voting irregularities, which are currently being discussed.

As usual, South Africans took to social media to analyse the events of the day. (If you want to know what City Press’s politics editor, Rapule Tabane, had to say about it, click here.)

Author of Democracy & Delusion, the book that won the City Press Tafelberg Nonfiction Award, Sizwe Mpofu-Walsh levelled criticism against the male-dominated top six. 

Western Cape Premier Helen Zille also questioned the lack of female representation. 

eNCA reporter Nickolaus Bauer’s tweet in reaction to Zuma when the announcement was made, showed the moment Cyril Ramaphosa was declared the new ANC president. 

Outgoing ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa tweeted about his feelings towards leaving the party as the spokesperson and making way for the next person. 

Jackson Mthembu, who previously tweeted that he had voted for Ramaphosa, indicated his support towards Ramaphosa soon after the official results were made.

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula, who had previously indicated that he had voted for Dlamini-Zuma, congratulated the new leadership. 

TV presenter Maps Maponyane congratulated Ramaphosa. 

As did Mzwanele Manyi, president of the Progressive Professionals Forum. 

Mmusi Maimane, leader of the Democratic Alliance, questioned the new leader's ability to represent the poor. 

Before the announcement, EFF leader Julius Malema proclaimed the winner to be a boy.

And EFF national chairperson Dali Mpofu, known for his colourful tweets? We'll just leave this here.

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