‘Discussions on the transition’ between Zuma and Ramaphosa begin

African National Congress president Cyril Ramaphosa says discussions on the status of position of President Jacob Zuma as the head of state and government of South Africa.

Cyril Ramaphosa and Jacob Zuma

In a statement Ramaphosa elected last month as the head of the ruling party said he and Zuma on Tuesday night ‘began direct discussions on the transition and matters relating to his position as the President of the Republic’.

He went on to describe the discussions as ‘constructive and lay the basis for a speedy resolution of the matter’.

Tellingly he said:

On the basis of the progress made, it was agreed to postpone a special meeting of the ANC National Executive Committee that had been scheduled for later today. This will enable President Zuma and myself to conclude our discussions and report back to our organisation and the country in the coming days.

With a resolution in sight, this could see according to some quarters, Zuma being recalled as  president of South Africa in the next few days, just over a month until the end of his second term.

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