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Thu Oct 30 15:49:18 SAST 2014

'Motlanthe will be president': Lamola

Sapa | 30 July, 2012 23:54
Deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe. File photo.

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will be ANC president, ANCYL deputy president Ronald Lamola said in Johannesburg on Monday.

"It is given comrades that the current deputy president of the ANC, comrade Kgalema, will one day become the president of the ANC," Lamola said.

"It will be a generational error if he does not become the president. We will be rewriting the history of the African National Congress."

Lamola was addressing the ANC Youth League's Dr Mxolisi Majombozi branch at the University of the Witwatersrand.

He was reporting back on the league's policy conference held in June, the league's role, and reflecting on former president Nelson Mandela's contribution to the struggle.

He said it was tradition in the mother body for the ANC's deputy president to take over from the president.

"What we are going to do when this debate is opened towards Mangaung, we are going to debate when he must become the president," Lamola said to a cheering crowd. He was referring to the ANC's elective conference, to be held in Mangaung in December.

"That he will be president is given."

Before Lamola spoke, attendees chanted "let Kgalema rule".

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