South African union backs Ramaphosa for ANC president

Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa

South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers says it will back Cyril Ramaphosa to be president of the country’s ruling African National Congress after Jacob Zuma.

This is not only based on the tradition of the ANC, but also on the suitability of the candidate,” NUM General Secretary David Sipunzi told reporters in Johannesburg on Monday.

 “A decision has been taken “to support the candidacy of Cyril Ramaphosa for president“, NUM, one of South Africa’s biggest unions, said in a statement.

Zuma is expected to stand down as the ANC president at a party conference late next year, ahead of national elections in 2019 when his tenure as the country’s leader will come to an end.