South Africa 7.2.2018 01:39 pm

Ramaphosa to give update on Zuma’s fate

SOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 18: PResident Jacob Zuma and new president of the ANC Cyril Ramaphosa during the announcement of new party leadership at the 5th African National Congress (ANC) national conference at the Nasrec Expo Centre on December 18, 2017 in Soweto, South Africa. As ANC delegates‚ supporters of the two presidential candidates were equally confident that their preferred choice will be announced as the new president of the ANC. The race was between Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa‚ the only two nominees for the party's top position. (Photo by Gallo Images / Alet Pretorius)

SOWETO, SOUTH AFRICA – DECEMBER 18: PResident Jacob Zuma and new president of the ANC Cyril Ramaphosa during the announcement of new party leadership at the 5th African National Congress (ANC) national conference at the Nasrec Expo Centre on December 18, 2017 in Soweto, South Africa. As ANC delegates‚ supporters of the two presidential candidates were equally confident that their preferred choice will be announced as the new president of the ANC. The race was between Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa‚ the only two nominees for the party's top position. (Photo by Gallo Images / Alet Pretorius)

If he fails to resign, the beleaguered former leader of the ANC faces a no-confidence motion in Parliament scheduled for 22 February.

The African National Congress (ANC) president Cyril Ramaphosa is on Wednesday expected to give feedback on talks regarding President Jacob Zuma’s fate.

There has been mounting speculation of the imminent departure of Zuma. Analysts say his position as president became untenable as soon as Ramaphosa won ANC elections on December and took over the reigns of the ruling party from Zuma.

For his part, Ramaphosa has said the removal of Zuma as SA president should not be done in a manner that humiliates him.

In an attempt to calm anxious South Africans, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete told news channel eNCA that she ”was talking with the president of the ANC [Ramaphosa] earlier and I am confident he will report back to us today [Wednesday]. I think the president will guide us on the extent of their consultations today”.

Confusion around Zuma’s political future continue with no official clarity from the governing party, prompting a barrage of false information circulated through text messages and social media.

Late Tuesday, the ANC announced the postponement of Wednesday’s meeting of its powerful national executive committee (NEC), which was expected to force Zuma to resign.

The NEC meeting will now be held on 17 and 18 February. The announcement came on the back of the unprecedented cancellation of the state of the nation address that was scheduled for Thursday.

There has been no official comment from the ANC on what happens between now and the next meeting. For now Zuma, whose term ends next year, remains president.

If he fails to resign, the beleaguered former leader of the ANC faces a no-confidence motion in parliament scheduled for 22 February.

He is the subject of a state capture commission of inquiry, and is also in danger of impeachment and the possibility of decade-old corruption charges being reinstated. In the expected event that Zuma eventually resigns, he gets to keep his generous benefits.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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