CAPE TOWN – South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) would not field another candidate rather than President Jacob Zuma in the upcoming elections, the party’s deputy secretary general Jesse Duarte said on Saturday.
Duart denied reports that the ANC did not want Zuma to lead the organisation.
Zuma is the party’s only candidate for the presidency in the elections expected to be held in April.
The ANC fully supports Zuma to run for the presidency, Duart said at the launch of the party’s Western Cape manifesto at Delft township on the outskirts of Cape Town.
Zuma, also the ANC’s president who was elected in 2009, will start his second term if his party wins the next election.
“There are people who say we don’t want our President, the policy is that the President of the ANC is always the candidate for the election. We don’t have another candidate and there will be no other candidate. Let us be clear,” said Duarte.
She was speaking amid signs that support for the ANC and Zuma had been waning
According to a Sunday Times survey last month, only 55 percent of those who voted for the ANC in 2009, plan to do so again in the next elections.
Another thing that worries the ANC is that Zuma was booed at the memorial service of former late South African president Nelson Mandela on December 10.
Despite all this, the ANC as the only dominant police force in the country is set to win the next elections, but probably with less electoral support.
In the last elections in 2009, the ANC won more than 60 percent of the votes. - Xinhua.