African National Congress (ANC) Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged the party’s branches to nominate credible leaders who have not been influenced by agents of state capture.
Next month, branches will officially nominate candidates to compete for the party's top posts during the elective conference in December.
Ramaphosa was speaking at a Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) rally in Seshego in Limpopo earlier on Sunday afternoon.
Ramaphosa says those who lose at the elective conference in December should immediately rally behind those who win because it will help to bring the party together.
Ramaphosa was introduced by ANC Limpopo chairperson Stan Mathabatha who says Limpopo is ready to have a president with roots in this province.
“There are people who think presidents of the ANC must come from certain provinces alone.”
STATE CAPTURE PROBE
Ramaphosa has also called for the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to immediately investigate allegations of state capture.
President Jacob Zuma, other high-ranking officials and Cabinet ministers were implicated in the State of Capture report released by then Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.
Ramaphosa says there is no reason for the Hawks and the NPA to wait anymore for a Commission of Inquiry, which is yet to be appointed.
He adds a Commission of Inquiry should be established as a matter of urgency.
He says something about state capture should be done immediately.
“They must not sit on their laurels, they must do their work and investigate so that those who are involved can be dealt with.”
Madonsela, in her report, recommended that a commission be set up to probe allegations that the Gupta family have captured the state and in the process gained billions of rands from tenders.
Ramaphosa also added that the December conference would be important in electing credible and uncaptured leadership, which will unite the ANC.
Cosatu deputy secretary Solly Phetoe has reiterated the federation’s support for Ramaphosa for the ANC’s top job.