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Former ANC general secretary turned business mogul Cyril Ramaphosa has come out tops as the compromise candidate who should succeed President Mbeki.
In a Sowetan poll Ramaphosa topped the list, beating other ANC heavyweights including the party general secretary Kgalema Motlanthe and national chairman Mosiuoa Lekota.
Ramaphosa was chosen by 45percent of the respondents as the man who should succeed Mbeki as both the ANC president and head of state. This in the event of Mbeki and ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma withdrawing from the presidential race.
He was followed by Motlanthe who got 28percent of the votes. Former Gauteng premier Tokyo Sexwale came third at 14percent. Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma received 7percent of the votes, while 6percent of the participants felt Lekota was the most appropriate candidate.
The percentages include people who voted by telephone and those who responded via Sowetan's website and cellphone SMS.
Ramaphosa was elected the first general secretary of the ANC after the party was unbanned.
He resigned from his position in 1999, the year that Mbeki took over from former president Nelson Mandela.
At the time, Ramaphosa topped the ANC's national executive committee list.
Mandela has said that were it not for the intervention of a few senior ANC leaders - including Jacob Zuma, those in Cosatu, the Youth League and the Women's League - Cyril Ramaphosa would have been his successor.
Ramaphosa has since become one of the black economic empowerment trailblazers and in the process amassed considerable wealth. His entry into black empowerment was premised by the understanding that business plays a key role in building the economy.
Ramaphosa also chaired the Black Economic Empowerment Commission, whose recommendations were welcomed by some in the trade union movement for being critical of Gear.
He is credited as one of the midwives of the new South Africa because of the role he played in the multi-party negotiations that led to the new political dispensation.
Ramaphosa enjoys respect within the ANC, the business and international communities.
His charm and natural rapport enable him to be at ease with ordinary people as well as the political and economic elite.
As a former trade unionist Ramaphosa also has an understanding of workers' interests.
He was the first general secretary of the National Union of Mineworkers and played a role in the establishment of Cosatu.