Zexit: Ramaphosa To Brief ANC Caucus

Marie Harrington
February 8, 2018

No election of a new president in the National Assembly is needed; it could just simply be acting president Cyril Ramaphosa, now South Africa's deputy president and the ANC's president.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged "a lot of speculation and anxiety" about the status of the president.

ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile told delegates at the Mining Indaba that, on Tuesday already, the party was planning to remove President Jacob Zuma from office after the now-cancelled national executive committee meeting on Wednesday.

"This is a challenging time for our country", Ramaphosa said in a statement. Both President Zuma and I are aware that our people want and deserve closure. "The constructive process we have embarked on offers the greatest opportunity to conclude this matter without discord and division", he said.

The announcement followed several disputed reports that reflected a growing mood of uncertainty over the protracted wait for a resolution to the country's leadership crisis. It also denied allegations by opponents that he was preparing to fire Ramaphosa.

He says the meeting was delayed after he began direct discussions with Zuma on the transition and matters relating to his position as the president of the republic. However, it appears Zuma is digging in his heels.

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Once seen as untouchable because of his strong grip on the ANC, Mr Zuma's power in the movement has diminished significantly in the two months since Mr Ramaphosa became its new leader.

He did, however, indicate that the discussion between Ramaphosa and Zuma deferred the pressing need for the NEC to discuss his exit.

While South Africans have been left anxiously waiting for official news on President Zuma leaving office, ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has provided a little reprieve to that wait.

Earlier, parliament made a decision to ask Zuma to delay his state-of-the-nation address scheduled for Thursday due to fears of violence, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete told reporters outside parliament in Cape Town.

Mr Zuma had been due to deliver the State of the Nation address on Thursday - the centrepiece of the political calendar that sets the government's priorities for the year ahead.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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