11/10/2017 08:44 SAST | Updated 11/10/2017 08:45 SAST

Mantashe: If Ramaphosa Doesn't Become President, ANC Will Be In Crisis

In a series of tweets, Mantashe suggested a female deputy president to Ramaphosa, possibly hinting at a unified slate ahead of the ANC's conference in December.

Gwede Mantashe.
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Gwede Mantashe.

ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe believes that, if the country's top post is not handed down to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa come the party's national conference in December, the ANC will fall into "crisis".

In a series of tweets on Tuesday night, Mantashe said if President Jacob Zuma's succession is not "managed properly", the results may be "disastrous".

Suggesting a female deputy to Ramaphosa, it is likely that Mantashe was hinting at Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma for second place -- which entrenches the idea of a unified slate including members of both camps to avoid a contest in December.