Cyril Ramaphosa will stand in for Zuma at MaMbeki’s funeral

2014-06-11 12:14

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will stand in for President Jacob Zuma at Epainette Mbeki’s funeral and at some other events, the presidency has said.

“Ramaphosa will deliver the eulogy at the funeral of Epainette Mbeki, mother of former president Thabo Mbeki, in Dutywa in the Eastern Cape on Saturday, June 14,” said spokesperson Mac Maharaj.

Ramaphosa would be accompanied by Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe.

The presidency informed media yesterday that Zuma would also not be delivering the main speech at the national youth day celebration in Kimberley on June 16, as earlier diarised.

“He must maximise the time he has to rest,” Maharaj said yesterday.

“President Jacob Zuma has requested ... Ramaphosa to replace him in officiating at the June 16 youth celebrations ... in the Northern Cape, following the change of the state of the nation address [Sona] date to June 17,” Maharaj said.

“The president will spend June 16 working on the Sona. He requested Parliament to bring forward the Sona date ... to enable him to attend the African Union summit in Equatorial Guinea on June 25 and 26, the dates that were initially scheduled for the Sona debate.”

The Sona debate had been rescheduled to June 18 and 19.

Zuma was discharged from a Pretoria hospital on Sunday after spending a night there.

Maharaj said Zuma was still resting and no time limit had been set on how long he would be on a break.

“The doctors did extensive tests and are satisfied with the results. He’s back home and he’s working,” he said at the time.

Zuma was also not attending a three-day Cabinet lekgotla in Pretoria that he was initially scheduled to lead from yesterday. The event is being chaired by Ramaphosa.

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