Pretoria, South Africa:
African National Congress President Cyril Ramaphosa is to have one last meeting with President Jacob Zuma to wrap up talks that will see the embattled leader leave the Union Buildings by this weekend.
The MPs said Ramaphosa was keen to conclude the discussions with Zuma by Sunday.
Ramaphosa has cleared his diary for the weekend to deal with Zuma’s departure. And in turn, Zuma would no longer attend the Ubuntu Awards on Saturday.
For more than Eleven years in charge of the African National Congress (ANC) and around nine years as head of state of the Republic of South Africa, Jacob Juma is struggling to let power go. No wonder South Africans are, again, the victim of Zuma’s narcissistic fury against the dying of the light.
The postponement of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) had everything to do with Zuma’s exit and very little with threats of disruption
In the late hours of Tuesday evening, at the presidential residence Genadendal in Cape Town Zuma’s deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, finally managed to convince Zuma that his time was up.
However it is only a matter of days before Zuma resigns, entirely understandable that law-abiding South Africans and those wanting to save the ANC would be concerned to see him quit.
Reports indicate that Zuma has rooted South Africa immense harm and it will take years to repair some of the deep damage suffered by the people and institutions.
During a tense meeting at the presidential residence in Pretoria involving Deputy Cyril Ramaphosa and the President, Zuma dug in his heels and refused to voluntarily give up power. This was after the officials explained to him that the tide had turned in the ANC and the structures wanted his Deputy to take over immediately.
ANC treasurer general Paul Mashatile was reportedly so furious by Zuma’s stubbornness that he told him he was the face of corruption and that the ANC would be better off without him.
Zuma’s refusal to go was deeply upsetting to Ramaphosa and his allies who had only one option to prove to Zuma that definitely the power had shifted.
On Monday, less than 24 hours later, the ANC national working committee (NWC) had concluded a heated meeting where the overwhelming view was that Zuma should go. Only a few lone voices, including that of Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, argued for Zuma to stay.
The NWC mandated Ramaphosa to call an urgent meeting of the national executive committee (NEC) on Wednesday, where Zuma’s fate would have been sealed.
So when Zuma invited Ramaphosa to a meeting at Genadendal on Tuesday evening, the tables had turned. 48 hours after Zuma stubbornly dismissed calls for him to go, Ramaphosa proved to the kleptrocrat who was in charge of the ANC.