Transitioning From Zuma to Ramaphosa

Reuters

While the ruling African National Congress's top leadership has decided that Zuma, 75, must leave office - to win back voters and stoke investor confidence in the stagnant economy - without setting a deadline, newly elected party leader Ramaphosa and his supporters have moved decisively on two other fronts.

International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said on Tuesday she had met with South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos and agreed that structural challenges were a burden to economic growth in Africa's largest economy.

"There isn't any decision taken to remove Jacob Zuma", he said.

"We have not arrived at the decision that Zuma must go, or Zuma must not go", ANC Secretary General Ace Magashule told a news conference on the outcome of a four-day ANC meeting that ended on Sunday.

"The forum presents South Africa with a platform to showcase its attractiveness as an investment destination and trade partner; set out plans that are unfolding to secure improved and inclusive economic growth; and contribute to efforts to respond to societal challenges globally", he said.




Zuma's hold over the ANC was shaken when his chosen successor - his former wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma - lost out to Ramaphosa in the closely-fought race to be party leader.

Zuma's public diary indicates that he would deliver the state of the nation address on February 8.

Though Mr Magashule denied that there was any "timeline" for Mr Zuma to step down or be recalled by the party, some observers say the president's early departure from office now looks inevitable. The ANC, which has ruled since 1994 when Nelson Mandela won the first multi-racial election, recorded its worst-ever results in 2016 local polls.

They said that was what's most NEC members said.

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