- Ramaphosa may be ANC president but Zuma is still SA president
- The NEC top six is split between Zuma and Ramaphosa supporters
- The future of South Africa and the ANC hangs in the balance
It will be Zuma against Ramaphosa for the next 2 years.
Zuma and Ramaphosa may have presented a peaceful front whilst at the ANC conference but their relationship is severely strained.
Ramaphosa, in his campaign leading up to the party elections, often pointed out that high level corruption needed to be rooted out. It was putting a blemish on the legacy left by Nelson Mandela as well as hampering the ANC at election times.
These statements were seen as an attack on Zuma who is facing numerous charges and inquiries into corruption and bribery.
Briefly.co.za has learned that analysts think South Africa’s future will be fight between the ANC and government. Zuma will use every ploy at his disposal to remain in power.
Ramaphosa ended the ANC’s 54th elective conference with a vow to get rid of corruption.This may be a tough task though as Ramaphosa has to share power with a number of factions within the party who did not support him.
Zuma is still the president of the country and this will further hamper Ramaphosa’s ability to bring change.
In Ramaphosa’s first speech as ANC president he said leaders should not be an embarrassment but a source of pride. This could be seen as a thinly veiled stab at Zuma’s eight years in power.
For the ANC to keep its majority in the next general elections, Ramaphosa has to deal with Zuma.
According to the constitution, the president, as elected by parliament can’t be recalled once in power. He can only be removed by a vote of no confidence or be forced to resign, as happened to Thabo Mbeki in 2008.
The ANC’s majority in parliament has protected Zuma from votes of no confidence until now.
The ANC’s national executive committee (NEC) top six is split between Dlamini-Zuma supporters and Ramaphosa supporters. The decision to recall Jacob Zuma would cause further conflict.
There is a risk of having two centers of power, the party and government reports msn news. This would have to be dealt with by the NEC.
Fikilie Mbalula is quoted as saying that its “deployees in government” must abide by ANC decisions.
A resolution was made at the national conference to put a commision of judicial inquiry into place to investigate high-level corruption.
Zuma has been stalling for months to prevent an inquiry into his relationship with the Gupta family.
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