Ramaphosa sends Zuma a clear message: take the deal or face the axe

Ramaphosa sends Zuma a clear message: take the deal or face the axe

- President Jacob Zuma and ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa have been locked in negotiations for the last week

- On Sunday Ramaphosa called for a special NEC meeting scheduled for Monday afternoon

- The meeting is likely to be the cut-off point for Zuma to accept any deal which may be on the table

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South Africa has been in a state of uncertainty for more than a week, this as President Jacob Zuma and African National Congress president Cyril Ramaphosa have been locked in negotiations.

Last Sunday, Zuma refused an order by the ANC to resign from office voluntarily. Ramaphosa stepped in and announced he was negotiating with Zuma.

READ ALSO: Ramaphosa chooses Lindiwe Sisulu as deputy president

Since then the country has been waiting anxiously for news on when (or if) Zuma would step down from office. No details of the meetings between the two men have been made available, but it is worth remembering that both Ramaphosa and Zuma are highly skilled negotiators.

Briefly.co.za gathered that on Sunday Ramaphosa called for a special National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting to take place on Monday afternoon.

The meeting is as much about the NEC discussing how to remove Zuma as it is about sending a message to Zuma. That message is this: these negotiations cannot and will not go on indefinitely.

The meeting will be seen by Ramaphosa as the cut-off point for Zuma to accept any deal which is currently on the table. The meeting basically tells Zuma that Ramaphosa has had enough and he should accept the terms.

Meanwhile, Ramaphosa has reportedly chosen Lindiwe Sisulu to serve as deputy when he finally takes over as president of the country.

READ ALSO: Group claiming to represent ANC and SACP say Zuma is SA’s Mugabe

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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