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Scrapping ANC’s step-aside rule will not affect Cyril Ramaphosa, say analysts

Ramaphosa’s opponents don’t seem to have deep pockets to buy delegates, and possible adverse findings by the Public Protector against Ramaphosa won’t necessarily translate in the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) charging him over the Phala Phala matter.

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This is according to three political commentators who spoke to Pretoria News amid calls by the ANC in KZN and Limpopo for the scrapping of the controversial step-aside rule. It bars members who have been charged criminally from occupying office and contesting leadership positions. However, Mpumalanga has passed a resolution supporting the step-aside rule.

This comes as 2 000 ANC delegates converged on Nasrec in Gauteng for the party’s national policy conference this weekend, which is expected to set the tone for the national elective conference in December.

Independent political analyst Gakwi Mashego said political campaigns were an expensive exercise, and needed fund-raising to be done years before an elective conference because money does exchange hands at ANC conferences.

“A few months is a limited space because in the ANC it’s not about the words that you can say to inspire comrades to vote for you. It’s all about fund-raising and money changing hands. For anyone to go around looking for a donor to give them R2million to topple a billionaire incumbent is a fantasy. Comrades understand the language of money and what they stand to benefit after the conference,” Mashego said.

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