Pravin Gordhan is a Member of Parliament representing the ANC and a former Minister of Finance, a position in which he served twice, from 2009 – 2014 and 2015 – 2017. He has previously served as the Commissioner of SARS as well as the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.
Major General (Retired) Bantu Holomisa co-founded the United Democratic Movement (UDM) in 1997 and currently serves as its President. In 1999 he was elected to Parliament as a party representative of the UDM.
Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma is the former chairperson of the African Union Commission, serving from 2012 to 2017 as the organisation’s first female leader. Before her stint at the AU she held various positions in the cabinets of four post-liberation South African Presidents. Dr Dlamini Zuma is running for President of the ANC in 2017.
Mmusi Maimane is the Federal Leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly. He has held positions both in DA party structures and in local legislature. Despite never having held elected executive office, Mr Maimane has stood as both a candidate for Mayor of Johannesburg (2011) and for Premier of Gauteng (2014). He ascended to his current role as party leader in 2015, succeeding former DA leader Helen Zille.
Julius Malema is the Commander-in-Chief of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and a Member of Parliament. The EFF is currently the 3rd largest political party in the country, holding 25 seats in the National Assembly, and has been a vociferous critic of both the ruling party and its president: Jacob Zuma. Before founding the EFF he served as president of the ANC Young League from 2008 to 2012.
Dr Mkhize is the current Treasurer-General of the ANC, having served in this position since the Mangaung elective conference in 2012. A former medical doctor, Dr Mkhize returned from political exile in 1991 and has subsequently served in various roles in government, the ANC and larger society. Most notably he has served as the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal and as a former Chancellor of UKZN. He announced in September 2017 that he would accept nominations to run in the election for ANC President in the December conference.
Lindiwe Sisulu has been a constant feature of the post-apartheid governmental space, having served as a Member of Parliament since 1994 as well as serving in multiple cabinet positions. She is currently the Minister of Human Settlements since 2014, having previously held the portfolio from 2004 to 2009. In July, Sisulu announced her campaign to succeed Jacob Zuma as ANC President.
Sipho Pityana is a businessman and civil society activist. Having served in positions in the ANC and the Mandela Cabinet, Mr Pityana entered the private sector in 2002 and has achieved notable success in his career. He sits on the boards of several companies; most notably perhaps, he serves as the chairman of AngloGold Ashanti. Recently he has been affiliated with the Save South Africa movement and is a vocal critic of President Jacob Zuma and the current leadership of his former party.
Dr Khoza is a former ANC MP, previously serving as the Chairperson of the portfolio committee on public service and administration in Parliament. Dr Khoza resigned from the ANC in September 2017 to further the effort against corruption in South Africa, having been criticised by elements of the party for supporting the most recent motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma in August. She maintains that the party’s legitimacy has been fundamentally eroded by corrupt behaviours and practices.
Mavuso Msimang is an ANC Veteran, with roots in the party going back to the ANC in exile and Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) in the 1960s. Educated in Zambia and the United States, Msimang’s career has spanned the NGO space, the private sector and government. His previous work has focused on diverse areas including humanitarian aid, tourism and information technology among others. He has been outspoken on the issue of the ANC’s current state and its leadership.
Mzwanele “Jimmy” Manyi is the current owner of media houses ANN7 and The New Age, companies that he acquired from the controversial Gupta family in 2017. Manyi’s experience includes over 20 years in business, including presently serving as the President of the Progressive Professionals Forum. Manyi’s involvement in government focused on communications as well as stints as the Director-General of the Department of Labour and as the Cabinet spokesperson.
Andrew Feinstein is a former ANC politician who famously resigned from Parliament in 2001 in protest over the party’s handling of the Arms Deal. Now a resident of the United Kingdom, Feinstein is a writer and analyst. His published works include After the Party: Corruption, the ANC and South Africa’s Uncertain Future (2009) and The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade (2011).
Dr Iraj Abedian is an economist, former academic and a South African businessman. As an economics professor, Dr Abedian spent many years at the University of Cape Town before becoming the Group Chief Economist of Standard Bank. He is a highly respected public policy, financial and economics commentator in both the professional and public worlds. Apart from his involvement in numerous company boards and private equity, he is also the CEO of Pan African Investment & Research Services.
Nomboniso Gasa is Adjunct Professor at School of Public Law at the University of Cape Town and a Senior Research Associate at UCT. Her work focussed on Land, Politics, Gender and Cultural issues. Prof. Gasa has a long history in politics and women’s rights activism extending before the dawn of democracy in South Africa. She has published widely, in newspapers & academic journals.