JOHANNESBURG: Addressing ANC supporters in Cape Town, Ramaphosa said the country wants closure, and that Mandela ‘put the interests of the people first’.
The African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) members will seal President Jacob Zuma’s fate when they meet on Monday afternoon, as hope for a speedy resolution dwindles among South Africans who want him out of office
ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa did not give much insights into his talks with Zuma when he delivered the first keynote address at the Grand Parade in Cape Town on Sunday to mark 28 years since late former president Nelson Mandela’s release from prison.
“As leadership of the ANC we are currently engaged in discussions around the transition to a new administration and specifically to resolve the issues of the position of the president of the Republic,” Ramaphosa said.
He did not mention Zuma by name, but said the NEC will finalise the matter. Zuma refused to step down two Sundays ago when he met with the party’s top six.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have already tabled motion of no confidence in Zuma, due to be heard on February 22. However, ANC members said that would be too late, as the State of the Nation Address (SONA) should be delivered before then.
Last week Parliament took an unprecedented step to indefinitely postpone SONA amidst ANC wrangling over Zuma’s continued stay at the Union Buildings.