Cyril Ramaphosa to stand in for Zuma at briefing

2014-06-13 18:12

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will take President Jacob Zuma’s place at a New Age breakfast briefing in Cape Town on Wednesday.

“... Ramaphosa [will] discuss the highlights of the State of the Nation Address and how it impacts the future of the people of South Africa,” the front-page advertisement in today’s edition reads.

According to an advert in the newspaper yesterday, Zuma would conduct the briefing.

Presidency spokesperson Mac Maharaj confirmed to Sapa Ramaphosa would take his place but said this was not for publication.

“We sent out an advisory as there had been an adjustment, but the advisory is not for broadcast or publication,” he said.

Ramaphosa is also standing in for Zuma at Epainette Mbeki’s funeral on Saturday to deliver the eulogy, and at the June 16 Youth Day event in Kimberley on Monday.

Epainette Mbeki, former president Thabo Mbeki’s mother, died aged 98 on Saturday.

Zuma was discharged from a Pretoria hospital on Sunday after spending a night there. ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said at the weekend that Zuma (72) went for a routine health check.

Mantashe said the ANC’s election campaign had been punishing and all senior members of the party would take time off one after another to “reenergise”.

Maharaj on Tuesday said Zuma was still resting and no time limit had been set on how long this would be for.

Zuma also did not attend a three-day Cabinet lekgotla in Pretoria, which Ramaphosa chaired.

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