Former Mpumalanga Premier, Mathews Phosa was one of the names that came up at the Presidential Race debate in Cape Town last weekend.
The party members where gathered at the Langa Sports Complex on the Cape Flats.
Phosa is one of the few politicians who have publicly spoken out against Jacob Zuma’s leadership.
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Phosa, who is also a former ANC Treasurer, said it would beneficial if we listened to the voices of the Mandelas who said we are one nation and we must build one nation.
“I think it’s too early to feel anything really‚ except to respect the voices that say those things‚” he said.
“And those comrades are entitled to be nominated as much as I am entitled to be nominated for the position – none of us is more important than the other for the organisation and we should humble ourselves.
“The nominations will start around June and these are not total nominations as such but states of intentions of minds of people and one must respect that. There is vibrancy about our democracy within the party and we should welcome that.”
Phosa said he believed that he stood a chance and because he’s an “old member of ANC serving underground and everywhere‚ in my youth‚ like the others, and no sacrifice is more important,” he said during an interview with eNCA on Tuesday.
Phosa is confident that he would be a great president, however, he says that the position was not necessarily one that he wanted very badly right now. He is a loyal member of the ANC and “it will not die under my nose”, he said.
“I can’t let the work of Luthuli‚ Mandela and many others go into ashes because we want to feed a few greedy people – seriously.”