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FILE: Former Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN – As African National Congress (ANC) presidential hopefulsgear up for the elective conference at the end of the year, former Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille says none of them has what it takes to lead the country.

Zille was speaking at an event to promote her new book in the Free State on Friday.

Afrikaans newspaper Die Burger quoted Zille as saying not one of the ANC candidates is suitable to be our next president.

Zille told Eyewitness News that she was not speaking on behalf of the DA but rather sharing her personal view in response to a question from the audience.

The former leader of the DA had a falling out with her party earlier this year over her tweets justifying some aspects of colonialism.

She’s since apologised for what he said but could no longer hold positions in the DA’s decision-making structures.

The ANC has become increasingly divided over President Jacob Zuma’s leadership following a series of corruption scandals, a much-criticised Cabinet Reshuffle and a failure to handle an economy that has slipped into recession.

Zuma can remain head of state until an election 2019 but his opponents inside the ANC would like to remove him as president once he steps down as party leader.

Kicking off her campaign, Housing Minister Lindiwe Sisulu said the party needed to get back to its roots.

“I would like you to stand with me because we have to save the ANC. Saving the ANC is to save South Africa,” she said in a speech in Kliptown, Soweto.

Sisulu also called for an end to the corruption that has dogged Zuma’s government.

With campaigning yet to start, Zuma has openly backed his ex-wife and former African Union president, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, while Cosatu and the SACP have voiced support for deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa.

PHOTO: Former Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.



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