AU Commissioner Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale would lead the ANC if the wishes of three political analysts – who picked a dream top six for Independent Newspapers – were to be granted.

The trio would be flanked by senior ANC leaders elected not because of factionalism and loyalty to individual leaders, but because of hard work, moral standing and exemplary leadership.

Newly appointed Wits University vice-chancellor Professor Adam Habib, Unisa Professor Lesiba Teffo and the University of Pretoria’s Prince Mashele said the three would be “dream” ANC presidents.

Senior party leaders such as Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel, ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and current and former national executive committee (NEC) members such as Jabu Moleketi, Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile, Joel Netshitenzhe, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, Pallo Jordan and Jessie Duarte would ideally assist them.

The dream team would be considered for the top six positions for exemplary leadership and representing a “better future” for the country.

There would be no place for ANC NEC member and businessman Cyril Ramaphosa, they said.

In his dream top six, Teffo picked Dlamini Zuma to take over from President Jacob Zuma, with Motlanthe among the collective. He would also consider generational mix, experience and moral standing.

“Those who went into BEE, leave them out, because… they sold out to the extent that they concentrate more on amassing wealth than distributing it,” Teffo said.

Habib wanted Motlanthe to lead, with Dlamini Zuma as his deputy. He said Motlanthe would make a better president, unlike Zuma who had been dogged by sexual and financial scandals.

Mashele wanted Sexwale as president and Dalmini Zuma as deputy president.

“They come from the thinking club of the ANC. They have moral integrity and represent a better future for South Africa.

“Young people can wish to be like them. Those are my criteria,” Mashele said. – Solly Maphumulo and Piet Rampedi