Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane says he looks forward taking on Cyril Ramaphosa in the next national elections in 2019, criticising the new African National Congress president as someone who once voted for Jacob Zuma.

The opposition leader says the ANC’s new top six isn’t a new beginning for the party.

He says the 2019 elections will be about who can manage the economy best.

“I’m looking forward to taking on Cyril Ramaphosa because he’s been part of the process leading up to this point. He’s defended Zuma, stood by Zuma and voted for Zuma. We’re heading to 2018 with a 1.2% or less than that growth and ultimately we’re going to arrive at 2019 with job numbers looking relatively the same.”

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema tweeted his reaction on Monday night, saying nothing has really changed, the core of the corrupt premier league is at the centre of the organisation.

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The South African Community Party (SACP) says it accepts the outcome of the new ANC leadership and has called for the “appropriate cleansing” of the party.

SACP’s first Deputy General-Secretary Solly Mapaila says organisational renewal should start from the ground.

Mapaila says the new leadership should be given an opportunity to prove itself.

At the same time, University of Cape Town’s associated professor Richard Calland says Nkozasana Dlamini Zuma may have lost the presidential position, but her faction has won.

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(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)