PRETORIA-- Ace Magashule, the Secretary-General of the African National Congress (ANC), South Africa's ruling party, has reiterated that the president of the country and the party, Cyril Ramaphosa, is under no obligation to include the party's National Executive Committee (NEC) in making a decision about the position of Deputy President of the country.

Speaking to the media outside the party's NEC meeting being held in Irene, Pretoria, Sunday, Magashule made it clear that the appointment of someone as deputy president is the prerogative of President Ramaphosa alone.

It's not an NEC matter. The president will discuss with us and various structures and alliance partners. It is not a matter for the NEC or the NEC which decides and discusses the ministers and who becomes what. But we will engage with the president.

The NEC, the party's top decision-making body, was expected to consider a range of issues, including the composition of the Cabinet and the deputy presidency.

Magashule announced the appointment of a number of full-time positions at ANC headquarters, Luthuli House, including that of NEC Senzo Mchunu to head the organizing sub-committee and Zizi Kodwa who will be in the office of the Presidency at the ANC's headquarters.

Magashule narrowly beat Mchunu in controversial circumstances in the race for the Secretary-General's position at the party's elective conference last year, when Ramaphosa was elected party leader, paving the way for him to succeed former party president Jacob Zuma as Head of State.

The proposed list was finalised and tabled and from now we will have full-time ANC comrades at head office. Pule Mabe is our spokesperson, so he is full time at Luthuli. Senzo Mchunu is going to be full time as well as Dakota Legoete. They are going to act as chair and deputy chair in terms of organizing. They will be working with the Secretary-General's office. Zizi Kodwa will be full time at Luthuli in the Presidency.