African National Congress (ANC) deputy president David Mabuza has reportedly proposed a compromise that would see former presidential candidate Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma being appointed as the country’s deputy president until next year’s general elections.
The City Press reports that according to ANC insiders, under the compromise Mabuza would remain the premier of Mpumalanga until then and he would apparently use his national political profile to promote unity within the party.
However, the Presidency issued a statement refuting media reports. According to a statement, “the meeting held by President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on 7 January 2018 at Dr John Langalibalele Dube residence in Durban. The Principals held their first formal meeting following the assumption of office by the Deputy President as President of the governing party the ANC,” it said.
“They discussed several issues updating each other on matters in both government and the governing party. The two leaders met alone, and reports of other leaders being present are false.”
“Among issues discussed, President Zuma briefed Deputy President Ramaphosa on his plans to institute a commission of inquiry into state capture.”
“Further incorrect reports have been published indicating alleged demands said to have been made by President Zuma to have former AU Commission chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma appointed as Deputy President of the Republic. No such discussion has taken place and no such demand has been made anywhere by President Zuma,” read the statement.
On Friday, Mail & Guardian reported that Zuma’s supporters were demanding that Dlamini-Zuma be appointed as interim president as one of the conditions for him to step down. They also reportedly wanted Energy Minister David Mahlobo and State Security Minister Bongani Bongo to remain in their positions.