- Deputy President David Mabuza is being sent to meet with President Vladimir Putin
- The delegation is being sent in an attempt to strengthen ties with Russia
- Mabuza will congratulate Putin on his re-election in March
In an attempt to strengthen ties between Russia and South Africa, it was announced on Monday that President Cyril Ramaphosa is sending his second in command to head up a delegation to Russia. Deputy President, Davis Mabuza, is scheduled to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.
SA shows Ramaphosa support
In response to the news, South Africans have shown support over the President’s decision. Followers on the Times Live Twitter feed posted their support of the President’s decision, stating it was a positive change from the way trips were handled under the Zuma administration.
The presidency announced that Mabuza is scheduled to meet with the Russian president on Tuesday and that he will, among others things, be conveying Ramaphosa’s congratulations to Putin on his re-election in March this year.
Presidency spokesperson Khusela Diko stated that the two countries share common values with regard to “respect for the rule of law in international relations‚ multilateralism‚ the central role of the United Nations in global governance‚ the primary role of the United Nations Security Council in the maintenance of global peace and security‚ the development of bilateral relations on the basis of equality‚ reciprocity‚ mutual benefit and respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of states.”
Briefly.co.za featured an article called DD Mabuza’s ‘sacrifice’ offer to have NDZ as Ramaphosa’s deputy. In the article,
- ANC deputy president David Mabuza has proposed a compromise to allow Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to act as the country’s deputy president until the next elections
- Part of the compromise entails Mabuza staying on as premier of Mpumalanga
- The proposal was made during the NEC top six leader’s visit to KZN last week
Ruling party, African National Congress (ANC) deputy president, David Mabuza, has reportedly made an offer to President Jacob Zuma to help with the transfer of power from President Zuma to ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa.
Briefly.co.za learned that part of the proposed a compromise which would see former presidential candidate Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma being appointed as the country’s deputy president until next year’s general elections, includes Mabuza remaining in his position as premier of Mpumalanga.
The plan is apparently for him to use his national political profile to promote unity within the party which has become increasingly fractured into factions supportive of Ramaphosa and Dlamini-Zuma on opposite sides of the chasm.
We have come a far way since this proposal from the new deputy, and from the reactions of fellow South Africans, the progress with our now Deputy President has been positive.
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