- President Cyril Ramaphosa has pulled out of his Thuma Mina walk and an ANC golf day
- Speculation is that the politician is attempting to avoid probing questions about load-shedding
- This is after deputy president David Mabuza blamed Pravin Gordhan and the Eskom board for misleading Ramaphosa
President Cyril Ramaphosa has pulled out of two ANC events ahead of his January 8 statement this weekend.
Briefly.co.za reported that deputy president David Mabuza had blamed Pravin Gordhan and the Eskom board for feeding Ramaphosa the incorrect information on load-shedding.
The president had been slotted for a Thuma Mina walk as well as a day of one of his favorite past times, golf.
Now, the ANC has announced that the president has pulled out of both events, he would however still be attending a gala dinner on Friday where he is scheduled to give a speech.
While no official reason was given for this sudden change of plans, the fact that it occurred less than a day after Mabuza's comments has led to speculation.
ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile claims that the president is simply tired after a week of events:
"I spoke to the president last night. He was supposed to tee off and play today but because he had a very heavy schedule since he arrived here, he requested me to take over and it was understood."
Mashatile insists that this development was 'nothing sinister really', elaborating that:
"Playing golf can be hectic and remember he has to address the dinner tonight."
Responding to Mabuza's comments, Ramaphosa's spokesperson Khusela Diko commented that:
"I have no doubt that the deputy president did not intend, nor did he infer any malicious intent on the part of the minister nor the chair of Eskom. Indeed, there has not been any planned load shedding as per the commitment that was made by Eskom to the president."
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