South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and the ruling party’s deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, are among those that may take up senior government positions after elections.
Ramaphosa and Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba were ranked in the second and third position respectively after President Jacob Zuma on the African National Congress’s list of candidates nominated as lawmakers, the party said on its website today. Gordhan was ranked at 13, while Tito Mboweni, former chairman of AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. (AU:US) who was governor of the central bank for a decade through 2009, made it onto the list at number 41.
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel, who is currently head of the National Planning Commission, were left off the list, indicating their exit from the government.
The ANC is facing its toughest election on May 7 since taking power two decades ago, with opinion polls suggesting it may win less than 60 percent of the vote. Senior party members, including President Jacob Zuma, have been tainted by corruption allegations, while protests have erupted in several townships across the country as poor, black residents demand houses, water and jobs.
The ruling party currently holds almost two-thirds of the seats in Parliament.
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