Political analyst Protas Madlala on Monday said that businessman Cyril Ramaphosa's nomination for the position of ANC deputy president was his reward for "politically killing" expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema.
Earlier this year, Ramaphosa rejected the young firebrand politician's appeal against the charge of bringing the ANC into disrepute.
"This nomination has to do with him handling the Malema issue," said Madlala.
Madlala said this could be the opportunity Ramaphosa needed to return to politics. However, he added that Motlanthe was not out of the picture.
The ANC in KwaZulu-Natal nominated Ramaphosa this weekend to replace the incumbent Kgalema Motlanthe.
Other provinces were expected to hold their nomination conferences this week.