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By unknown | Jan 25, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Kingdom Mabuza

Kingdom Mabuza

Businessman Cyril Ramaphosa is still shunning you, our readers, after you gave him the nod to take over as a compromise president in our recent poll.

Numerous attempts to get the businessman to comment drew a blank.

Instead, Ramaphosa's spokesman, Maureen Mphatsoe, referred Sowetan to a statement released by Ramaphosa in July.

Sowetan unsuccessfully tried to draw from Ramaphosa, through Mphatsoe, acknowledgement of your votes.

You voted Ramaphosa as your preferred leader of the ANC to take over from President Thabo Mbeki.

You placed him in the succession race ahead of ANC secretary general Kgalema Motlanthe, foreign affairs minister Nkosazana Zuma, businessman Tokyo Sexwale and defence minister Mosiuoa Lekota.

Of the votes cast by SMS, on our website and by phone, 45percent were for Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa's statement referring to the presidential race, which Sowetan ran last week, read: "The reports are pure speculation with no factual basis.

"I have not engaged, nor sought to engage others on my behalf, in any campaign with respect to the presidency of the ANC and have no interest in being a candidate.

" Like all ANC members, I am bound by the discipline, traditions, organisational culture and processes of the organisation.

"I have not, and will not, act in a manner contrary to these practices."


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