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End game looms for Zuma

As Ramaphosa talks to Zuma over transition of power.

African National Congress (ANC) leader Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday that he was holding direct talks with Jacob Zuma over a transition of power, the strongest indication to date that the South African president will step down after years of scandal.

Zuma, in power since 2009 and beset by corruption allegations, has been in a weakened position since Deputy President Ramaphosa replaced him as ANC leader in December. Ramaphosa has talked of a transition of power since he took over as leader of the ANC.

The 75-year-old Zuma has been South Africa‘s most controversial president since the end of white-minority rule in 1994, overseeing a tumultuous nine years marked by economic decline and numerous allegations of corruption.

In a statement, Ramaphosa said he and Zuma began the talks on Tuesday night and hoped to conclude their discussions and report back to country “in coming days” – the first official confirmation of the talks between the two leaders.

Ramaphosa said the process was an opportunity to conclude the matter without causing discord in the country.

“We will be able to communicate further on President Zuma’s position as President of the Republic once we have finalised all pertinent matters,” Ramaphosa said.

“This is a challenging time for our country. Both President Zuma and myself 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 or division.”

The rand, which has tended to strengthen on signs that Zuma could step down early, was slightly weaker on Wednesday as traders awaited clarity on the political drama.

Ramaphosa said following progress made at the talks between him and Zuma, the ANC had pushed back an urgent meeting scheduled for Wednesday evening of its national executive, which has the power to instruct Zuma to resign.

The delay increased speculation that a deal for Zuma to resign had been ironed out. Times Live, an online news service, quoted sources as saying Zuma would resign as soon as a list of preconditions had been finalised.

Ramaphosa said he was aware that the uncertainty surrounding Zuma’s position was a cause for concern for many South Africans, but he said he was confident of reaching an outcome to unite the country.

The former union leader has said he does not want to humiliate Zuma but has been lobbying behind the scenes for him to step down early.

He has put the focus on rooting out corruption and revitalising economic growth since defeating Zuma’s preferred successor, Zuma’s ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, in the ANC leadership race.


Zuma and Ramaphosa were seen taking part in cabinet committee meetings, according to pictures circulated by the official South African government account on Twitter.

The machinations within the ANC are an ironic recycling of history for Zuma, who engineered the ouster of former president Thabo Mbeki in 2008 shortly after taking over the helm of the ANC.

Zuma has not said whether he will resign voluntarily before his second term as president ends mid next year.

He still retains the support of a faction within the ANC but has seen several prominent party allies desert him recently.

He is still fighting nearly 800 counts of corruption over an arms deal from the late 1990s and his ties with the Gupta brothers, a family of wealthy Indian-born businessmen, are the subject of a judicial inquiry on grand-level corruption.

The Guptas and Zuma have denied any wrongdoing.

Zuma also faces another no-confidence vote against his leadership in parliament on Feb. 22, brought by the ultra-left Economic Freedom Fighters party.

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This is how it should read:2nd and third paragraph…

ANC, in power since 1994 and beset by corruption allegations, has been in a weakened position since the DA opposition replaced them in the major Metros.

The 100-year-old ANC has been South Africa‘s most controversial political party since the end of white-minority rule in 1994, overseeing a tumultuous 24 years marked by economic decline and numerous allegations of corruption….

just change any article with “Zuma” to “ANC” and the total picture will be in 3D, clear as daylight. Don’t know what the hype over “behind the scenes”Cyril, is…already there is a cover up growing, not to humiliate the ANC.If Zuma goes, the ANC would acknowledge guild, and are as guilty as Zuma.

Things Jacob can be very certain of:
a) the majority of the nation will rejoice on him exiting the government;
b) history will treat him with the dismay he deserves;
c) his children and family will suffer the consequences of his disgrace
long after his death;
d) no stature will be erected in his honor;
e) South Africa want to erase the distasteful memory of this gangster;
f) The judiciary can’t wait to judge him on the charges against him;
g) Never again will South Africa allow a repeat of such tragedy.


Not charging Zuma after he loses the presidency will taint the whole ANC. But do they care? Does Cyril care?

Em, charging him will also taint the ANC, they allowed a criminal to run the country.

We all know what SHOULD BE done to such a leader.

But to be realistic, the ANC will avoid party humiliation, and will come up with the following master-plan:

The day that Zuma goes, a (new) PUBLIC HOLIDAY will be announced! ( honor a good old comrade)

Question is, what will we call it? “National Anti-Corruption Day” perhaps? Ideas?


Get him out before he does more damage. He has already left us one parting gift i.e. free tertiary education, so get him out ASAP. There is no such thing as free education, someone has to pay and guess who will? Taxpayers. An ever shrinking tax base that is already overburdened now has to fund this thanks to JZ. We have already been funding corruption all these years.
PS: He could care less about the education of these young men and women, it was one last attempt to score points and gain popularity for his faction ahead of the conference. Doubt he even consulted treasury before opening his mouth.

And why the obsession with giving him a dignified exit so as not to “embarass” or “humiliate” him.

He should be paraded in the streets so people can come out and throw eggs and tomatoes at him, (Ok maybe not eggs with the prices these days), but you get the picture

Agree 🙂

(but please not costly eggs. Darts (from the dart board game) can rather be used. Ouch!)

Maybe they should make up some medical reason for him to retire early. With said medical condition, he also cannot go to prison. He must go live in Dubai where the appropriate specialists are.

Blah blah blah, please find another subject.
If Hitler or Himmler are running the show , Zuma or Cyril, Mugabe or Crocodile the corruption and self-serving politics will continue.
Bloomberg wrote a very factual account of Nigerian politicians who jump party lines when they feel threatened and need to follow the gravy.
Mark my words Zuma is holding out for amnesty and he will get it because Cyril and the rest of top 6 Cabal have lots of dirt on their sticks.

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