- Jacob Zuma's staff are not sure where they will be heading as the former president prepares to leave
- They have not received a formal briefing after Zuma resigned and are not sure if they would still have a job
- Zuma has a month to leave his presidential houses to make way for the new president, Cyril Ramaphosa
Former president Jacob Zuma has left his staff wondering what the future holds after he prepares to leave. He has not yet briefed his staff on what will become of them which is especially worrisome for those not employed permanently.
Breifly.co.za leared from a senior staff member close to Zuma has revealed that the staff have not received a formal briefing since the resignation of the former president last week according to timeslive.co.za.
"We haven't been formally briefed by the president. He's not going to leave [Mahlamba Ndlopfu] immediately‚ he's still going to be here to finalise his departure. We as members of the ANC‚ no matter which camp you're associated with … there can be favouritism and they may remind you that‚ 'You're just a civil servant‚'" said a source.
When Cyril Ramaphosa moves in he will bring his own staff whom he trusts and Zuma's staff would have to leave as they might cause problems for the new president due to their association and possible loyalties to Zuma.
One of the reasons Zuma had sought three to six months to resign was to find a place to move his staff according to the source.
Zuma would be allowed to stay in one of the presidential houses for a month but would then have to move out of the other official residence to make way for the new president.
"Normally the [former] presidents keep the Pretoria one and clear up the Cape Town house because the president can stay in one of those houses while they are preparing to leave. The new president would then move into one of the houses but in most instances, there's no hurry [to move]‚" Former presidency director-general Frank Chikane said.
Chikane was once a chief of staff of former president Thabo Mbeki.
According to Chikane, Zuma had three houses when he was president, one in Durban, one in Pretoria and one in Cape Town.
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