Day Three: Talks between President Zuma and his Deputy continue

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Cii Radio| Ayesha Ismail| 08 February 2018| 21 Jumadul Ula 1439

As talks between President Jacob Zuma and his deputy enter day three, the party has cancelled Cyril Ramaphosa’s engagements for the next two days, saying he has pressing issues to deal with.

Ramaphosa started talks with President Zuma on Tuesday, which led to the postponement of the party’s special national executive committee (NEC) on Wednesday.

A recording of African National Congress (ANC)Treasurer-General Paul Mashatile telling investors in Cape Town that the NEC meeting was going to oust President Zuma has since emerged.

In this state of confusion and uncertainty regarding talks between Ramaphosa and Zuma, any development actually matters.

On Wednesday, Ramaphosa urged South Africans to be patient while he concludes discussions with Zuma, saying he would report back to the ANC and country in the coming days.

The ANC has now changed his program for the next two days due to “pressing matters”.

Ramaphosa was meant to participate in the build-up programme to the party’s launch of the celebrations of the centennial year in honour of late former President Nelson Mandela.

Whether these pressing matters involve his talks with President Zuma is unclear.

No Immunity for Zuma

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa has told the party’s Parliamentary caucus that immunity from prosecution for President Jacob Zuma is not part of  their “transition” discussions.

He also assured the MPs that the talks would be concluded in a “day or two”.

Ramaphosa addressed the caucus on Wednesday, flanked by party secretary general Ace Magashule and chief whip Jackson Mthembu.

The meeting was seen as extraordinary, as the ANC usually holds its caucuses after the State of the Nation Address (SONA), which is considered the official opening of Parliament.

 SONA was indefinitely postponed this week.

“Immunity from prosecution is not even on the table.  It is not in my powers to give him that,” the sources quoted Ramaphosa as having said.

National Director of Public Prosecutions Shaun Abrahams still has to decide if he will reinstate fraud and corruption charges against Zuma.

Zuma is also a subject of the inquiry into state capture, headed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. He has powers to recommend that those implicated should face criminal charges.

Source – EWN| News 24