President Jacob Zuma has concluded Wednesday’s session chairing the routine scheduled meetings of Cabinet Committees in Cape Town alongside his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa.
That’s despite growing uncertainty over Zuma’s future, following the Tuesday decision to postpone the State of the Nation (SONA) address as well as a special African National Congress (ANC) National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.
The Cabinet Committees which sat on Wednesday included those of the Economic Sector, Employment and Infrastructure Development and International Co-operation, Trade and Security.
The President is also expected to chair another session on Thursday, and is expected to officiate at the Ubuntu Awards on Saturday evening.
On Wednesday however, ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed that he held discussions with Zuma over his future as Head of State.
Ramaphosa says in a statement, that the talks will be finalised within days, and he will be reporting back to his party and the country soon.
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Meanwhile, opposition parties in Parliament have called a meeting on Monday next week to decide on the way forward. They say the country cannot wait for the ANC’s two centres of power to fight their internal battle over President Jacob Zuma’s exit, while holding South Africa to ransom.
The meeting is expected to focus on two topics – The Economic Freedom Fighter’s (EFF) Motion of No Confidence in President Zuma, provisionally scheduled for 22 February, and Parliament’s mandate to elect a new President of South Africa once Zuma has been removed.
The leaders of all opposition parties in Parliament been invited.
The country is also still waiting to hear about the postponed State of the Nation address.
With Budget scheduled for February 21, SONA will have to be scheduled in all likelihood some time in the next week.