Whose in charge? Confusion as Ramaphosa and Mabuza leave South Africa

Whose in charge? Confusion as Ramaphosa and Mabuza leave South Africa

President Cyril Ramaphosa as well as Deputy President David Mabuza have both left the country, leaving people wondering who is currently in charge

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Both President Cyril Ramaphosa and Deputy President David Mabuza have left South Africa and people are wondering who will be calling the shots in their absence.

The President is headed to Mozambique for a work visit, while Mabuza has left today for Ethiopia.

According to presidental representitives, Ramaphosa will visit Maputo to engage in talks with President Filipe Nyusi regarding bilateral, regional and global challenges they have in common.

Khusela Diko, spokesperson for the president, said:

“Mozambique was among the Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries that President Ramaphosa visited soon after he assumed [the] presidency in 2018, therefore this is a continuation of cordial high-level talks.”

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Accompanying the President is Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula ( Defence Minister), Bheki Cele ( Minister of Police) and Dipuo Letsatsi-Duba ( Minister of State for Security).

David Mabuza will be travelling to Ethiopia in his capacity as special envoy to South Sudan.

“The working visit … takes place in the context of strengthening the ongoing political efforts geared towards finding lasting peace and development for the people of South Sudan,”

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According to the presidental spokesperson the deputy had visited Uganda, Kenya and Sudan where leaders and stakeholders expressed the urgent need for total implementation of peace agreements.

Mabuza will be meeting Prime Minister Dr Abiy Ahmed Ali in his capacity as chairperson of IGAD.

In the meantime, it is unclear who will be standing in for Ramaphosa in his absence.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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