JOHANNESBURG, South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has done its best to keep its promises and deliver in the past five years, although there is still room for improvement.

Speaking to the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) ahead of the party's elective conference beginning here Saturday, Ramaphosa, who is vying to succeed South African President Jacob Zuma as ANC president, said some matters could have been handled better.

The ANC has done all in its power and capability very much to deliver. The life expectancy on our country was in the 50 years or so it's now moved to 64 and now we are on the cusp of introducing the National Health Insurance," he said.

"Next year we are going to have the National Minimum Wage and yet there are other areas where we could have done better and other areas where we have not done so well. So we are not going to kid anyone, including ourselves, and think that we smelling of roses.

Ramaphosa say so far the party leaders had met with the people and they had engaged with the structure of the ruling party. He said ANC branches have a mandate to go and vote and all now is in the hands of the delegates.

Ramaphosa has the majority of nominations to become the next leader of the ruling party but the complexity of the leadership race means it's far from certain. Ramaphosa won around 55 per cent of nominations from the party branches which will send delegates to the ANC conference.

His main rival is Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma, a former wife of President Zuma who served as Minister of Health, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Minister of Home Affairs (Interior), before becoming Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission from October 2012 until January 2017.


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