Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa‘s current Deputy President, is the top candidate for next President of South Africa, with 71% of respondents picking him over other likely candidates. This is according to a recently-released survey from New World Wealth.
According to the same survey, Julius Malema, the current leader of the Economic Freedom Front (EFF) political party, is the least favored choice for next President of South Africa. Only 5% of survey respondents picked Malema.
New World Wealth (NWW), a Johannesburg-based wealth intelligence and consultancy firm, recently concluded a survey on South Africans’ presidential candidate preferences. NWW conducted this survey on just over 1,200 South Africans and participants were asked to pick from the list of the five likely candidates for the next President of South Africa.
NWW’s survey sample was representative of demographic and income groups across South Africa.
Cyril Ramaphosa is the current Deputy President of South Africa and of the ruling African National Congress (ANC). He is arguably the most well-defined and well-known potential candidate. Ramaphosa was heavily involved in the formation of the new South Africa during the 1990-1994 negotiations.
Ramaphosa has extensive experience as a lawyer, business leader, politician, and trade union leader. He has previously served as ANC Secretary General. Ramaphosa founded South Africa’s National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and served as the NUM Secretary General until 1991, following his election as Secretary General of the African National Congress.
It is well known that Ramaphosa was Nelson Mandela’s pick as future president.
71% of people polled said Ramaphosa would be the best candidate.
Gwede Mantashe is the current Secretary General of the ANC. He is widely tipped to be the next leader of the ANC, if Ramaphosa decides not to run.
Mantashe was the Secretary General of the NUM, founded by Ramaphosa, until 2006. Mantashe was the chairperson of the South African Communist Party (SACP) until July 2012 and he is currently a member of the SACP’s Politburo.
10% of people polled said he would be the best candidate.
Baleka Mbete is the current Chairperson of the ANC and Speaker of the House. She previously served as Deputy President of South Africa, albeit for a brief period. Mbete served as Secretary General of the African National Congress Women’s League (ANCWL) from 1991 to 1993.
In her favor, there is strong pressure for a female candidate, particularly from the Women’s League. At the moment, it is unclear whether she will run for the ANC leadership.
Nonetheless, Mbete is considered to be a likely candidate for ANC Vice President for the next election.
8% of people polled said she would be the best candidate.
Mmusi Maimane is the current leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), the 2nd largest party in the South African parliament.
Maimane’s May 2015 election as DA leader was historic because Maimane is the first black leader of the DA. The DA has historically appealed to South Africa’s minority white and colored (mixed race) populations. Maimane’s election puts the DA in a much stronger position to win a greater share of South Africa’s majority black vote. It is unclear how Maimane’s election will affect the allegiance of DA’s white and colored constituency.
6% of people polled said Maimane would be the best candidate for the next election.
Julius Malema is the current leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the 3rd largest party in the South African parliament. Malema founded the EFF in July 2013.
Malema previously served as President of the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) from 2008 to 2012. Malema was a member of the ANC until his expulsion from the party in April 2012.
Malema is a well-known proponent of nationalization mines and redistribution of farm land.
5% of people polled said he would be the best candidate.