South African President Jacob Zuma says he won’t seek a third term as president of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party even if members ask him to seek re-election at party polls this year.
President Zuma is expected to bow out as ANC president during the party’s national elective conference in December, while his term as the country’s President ends in 2019.
I have explained it before that I won’t seek to be elected for a third term. I’m finishing my second term now. There are many leaders in the ANC who can be elected. I’m the one who was against the suggestion some time ago when one of the President said we cannot allow him a third term. So I can’t speak on different tunes. Even if some nominate me I will decline, we can’t have two centres of power, added Zuma.
Meanwhile, the ANC has dismissed a notion of a tradition in its ranks which dictates that the deputy president becomes an automatic choice to succeed the President when his term of office ends.
The ruling party was reacting to the succession debates causing divisions with some structures reported to be supporting deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa while others are gunning for outgoing African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to succeed Zuma.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK