‘Transition’ talks will be concluded in ‘a day or two’ – Ramaphosa assures MPs - AS IT HAPPENED

2018-02-08 15:00

The country remains on tenterhooks following the postponement of SONA and the national focus has now shifted to the ANC to see what their next move is in ensuring a smooth transition of leadership.

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08 Feb 17:18
The 2018 annual Ubuntu awards have been postponed until further notice, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) announced.

08 Feb 17:08

Parliament continues to fulfil its work despite SONA postponement

The Presiding Officers wish to reassure South Africans that Parliament’s work, which resumed during the first week of January 2018, is continuing in line with the Constitution.

Through the official structures of Parliament, such as, committees and other multiparty forums, the institution is hard at work fulfilling its scheduled business relating to law-making, public participation and overseeing executive action.

The postponement of the State of the Nation Address (SONA) 2018 has had a limited impact on the ongoing work of parliamentary committees, the engine of Parliament, which make up more than 95% of the programme of the institution. 

The 2018 parliamentary programme kicked off on January 7 with the meeting of the sub-committee on review of the rules of the National Assembly, convened to deal with amendments of rules governing the impeachment of a sitting President.

Since January, more than 40 committee meetings have been held and committees also conducted several oversight visits in provinces.

This week, the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) held its two-day mid-term review to scrutinise activities. There was specific emphasis on oversight and enhancing synchronisation and effective implementation of common programmes between the NCOP, the provincial legislatures and the South African Local Government Association.

SONA has been informally referred to as “the opening of Parliament”, as it is often the first plenary House sitting of the year. However, this does not mean, that until SONA takes place, Parliament is closed or its work is suspended.

The decision to postpone the SONA was taken in conjunction with the President of the Republic.

When determining an alternative date, we will take account of the broader implications on Parliament’s programme, chief among which is the national budget, the key to unlocking government spending.

Everything is being done to ensure that the broader policy and programme pronouncements, followed by debates and budget approval, remain on course, as they are important to service delivery.

As an institution overseeing executive action to ensure that commitments made by government to improve the living conditions of South Africans are realised, Parliament has committed to ensuring that the budget speech, scheduled for February 21, is not affected or delayed by the SONA postponement.

Parliament reassures South Africans that efforts are being undertaken also to minimise cost implications of the postponement.

This is part of the institution’s broader cost-cutting measures. Negotiations with all service providers, such as airlines, are underway to curtail the financial impact resulting from, for instance, cancellation fees and travel agency administrative charges.

All efforts are being made to ensure that the overall spending on the 2018 SONA remains within the budgeted R4.3m.

All guests have been informed of the postponement through a wide range of communications channels.

The Presiding Officers regret any inconvenience that may have been caused by this postponement to all South Africans.  

The Presiding Officers are in close liaison with the Presidency and other key stakeholders to ensure that the new date for the 2018 State of the Nation Address is determined without delay.

ISSUED BY THE PARLIAMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA


08 Feb 16:45

The ubuntu awards, which President Zuma was going to address, have been postponed until further notice due to the SONA delay.

“Events traditionally hosted post-SONA have been affected,” said Clayson Monyela for the department of international relations.


08 Feb 16:19

Amid continuing uncertainty about President Jacob Zuma's future, the ANC called a caucus meeting just to say hello.

This was the message of ANC secretary general Ace Magashule and chief whip Jackson Mthembu as they addressed journalists outside Parliament's Old Assembly Chamber after the more than two-hour special caucus meeting concluded.



08 Feb 15:11

08 Feb 15:10

No immunity for Zuma - Ramaphosa tells ANC caucus 

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa has told the party's parliamentary caucus that immunity from prosecution for state president Jacob Zuma is not part of their “transition” discussions. 

He also assured the MPs that the talks will be concluded in a "day or two". 

Ramaphosa addressed the caucus on Wednesday, flanked by party secretary-general Ace Magashule and Chief Whip Jackson Mthembu. 

The meeting was seen as extraordinary, as the ANC usually holds its caucuses after the State of the Nation Address, which is considered the official opening of Parliament.

SONA was indefinitely postponed this week. 

"Immunity from prosecution is not even on the table. It is not in my powers to give him that," the sources quoted Ramaphosa as having said.

The MPs told News24 that Ramaphosa wanted to end speculation in the media that his Tuesday meeting with Zuma involved protecting him from possible corruption charges.  


08 Feb 14:16

08 Feb 13:52

WATCH: Magashule on Zuma: Decision in due course 


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08 Feb 13:40

Joint Press Statement from Members of the ANC, SACP, SACO and Traditional Leaders:  

Joint press statement: Members of African National Congress (ANC), South African Communist Party (SACP), South African Christian Organisation (SACO) and traditional leaders  

President Zuma must go now!  

Background

This statement serves to inform anxious and concerned ANC members, followers and all concerned citizens, We know that you cannot bear the thought that President Jacob Zuma is still in office after the elected ANC leadership with the exception of comrade Ace Magashule and comrade Jesse Duarte, have followed due process and followed proper protocol in asking him to do the honourable thing, namely, to step down and avoid the embarrassment of being recalled or impeached.

The political developments of the last couple of days testify to the efforts being taken by our leadership to follow proper channels of asking the sitting president of the country to step down, namely that the NWC met to brief the ANC Top 6 at Luthuli House on the task they had been mandated to look into.

The NWC was tasked during the last NEC meeting to look at the transitional measures the ANC must take to get the country’s president to step down in dignity, however what followed was President Jacob Zuma showing everyone the middle finger.

SONA was postponed to allow the proposed NEC to meet on Wednesday, as well as ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa spending a significant amount of time on Wednesday trying to persuade President Zuma to resign, all to no avail.

The lack of clear action on this matter leaves us as followers of the ANC no option but to embark on a more intensified #ZumaMUSTGONOW National Shutdown.

Further and more detailed communication in this regard shall be communicated soon.

We understand the inconvenience that this postponement may have caused.


08 Feb 13:31

President Zuma must go not in order to shore up the governing party’s election prospects for 2019, but because he has demonstrated that he is not fit to govern.

We call on the state to hold him accountable for his actions – some things cannot be pardoned. - Nelson Mandela Foundation



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Ace Magashule confirms, no decision on Zuma yet.


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08 Feb 12:33

SPOTTED: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma 


08 Feb 12:32

SPOTTED: Ace Magashule 


08 Feb 12:28

The ANC are seemingly gearing up to make an announcement. 


08 Feb 12:27

SPOTTED: Faith Muthambi 


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08 Feb 12:22

More MPs spotted leaving the ANC caucus meeting. 


08 Feb 12:19

Opposition parties plan national shutdown to force Zexit 

Opposition parties are planning a national shutdown to protest against the long and drawn-out process leading to President Jacob Zuma's resignation.

Economic Freedom Fighters spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi told News24 that the party would announce details of a planned national shutdown later on Thursday. 

"It's not just the EFF. We are planning a national shutdown that will be joined by everyone. We will make an announcement." 

United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa said opposition leaders were discussing the date. He however, said it would most likely happen on February 22. 

"We want this to be a national discussion with South Africans to send a strong message under the hashtag #RemoveZuma. It's clear that the ANC is failing to remove Zuma. They are still trying to deceive South Africans with this talk of a transition. What is that? It's high time we take this to the streets," Holomisa said.


08 Feb 12:15

08 Feb 11:52

08 Feb 11:51

OFFICIAL STATEMENT: 

Parliament must schedule Motion of No Confidence for Tuesday

By Mmusi Maimane - Leader of the Democratic Alliance 

South Africa cannot continue to be held in limbo while Cyril Ramaphosa and Jacob Zuma, and their respective factions, continue to fight over the terms of Zuma’s exit. We need a swift resolution to this impasse as soon as possible.

As public servants, it is our duty to place the best interests of the country before party political interests. While Ramaphosa and Zuma fight over the Presidency, corruption continues, and people remain without hope for any immediate improvement in their daily lives.

It is for that reason that I have consulted with the leadership of the EFF, and we have resolved to call on the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, to schedule an urgent sitting of Parliament this coming Tuesday, 13 February 2018, for the Motion of No Confidence in Jacob Zuma to be debated and voted on. A letter from the EFF will be sent to her office reflecting this urgent call.

This will allow for Parliament to debate and vote on the EFF’s Motion of No Confidence in Jacob Zuma. Parliament elects a President, and Parliament removes a President. It is not done behind closed doors at Luthuli House.

Cyril Ramaphosa is currently the Leader of Government Business in Parliament. It would be remiss of him to neglect his responsibility in this regard, and therefore I call on Mr Ramaphosa to support this call, and to ensure that the Motion of No Confidence is debated without delay.

Moreover, there must be an urgent sitting of Parliament’s Programming Committee, in order for Parliament’s agenda to be finalised, and so that the work of the people can continue.

Lastly, we flatly reject any amnesty agreement or special deal for President Zuma. He is not above the law, and must still face the 783 criminal charges illegally dropped over a decade ago and which the courts have now revived.

Cyril Ramaphosa cannot talk anti-corruption, yet broker an amnesty deal for the corrupt in the ANC. Any attempt to do so will be opposed with everything we’ve got. Jacob Zuma will retire in prison, where he should have been years ago.



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Some ANC members have been spotted leaving the caucus meeting, where singing can be heard from inside Parliament's Old Assembly chamber.


08 Feb 11:19

ANC truck spotted in the Cape Town CBD. (Jenni Evans/News24) 


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08 Feb 11:02

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula arriving late for the ANC caucus meeting. 


08 Feb 10:59

DA leader Mmusi Maimane calls for an urgent sitting of Parliament. 


08 Feb 10:57

ICYMI: 


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LISTEN | Mashatile: 'We will recall Zuma' 


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Cyril Ramaphosa will no longer be attending the build-up to the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations due to "pressing commitments". 

OFFICIAL STATEMENT: 

UPDATED PROGRAMME OF THE NATIONAL OFFICIALS AHEAD OF THE LAUNCH MANDELA CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS

The African National Congress will launch the celebrations of the centennial year in honour of the late Isithwalandwe/Seaparankoe, President Nelson Mandela on Sunday, 11 February 2018. The day also marks 28 years since the release of the President Nelson Mandela from the Victor Verster prison in 1990. 

Members of the media are advised to note the following changes to the program of National Officials on Friday 9th February. 

The President of the ANC, Comrade Cyril Ramaphosa, will no longer participate in the build up programmes on Friday 9th February and Saturday 10th February due to other pressing commitments. The President will however address the #Mandela100 Rally on Sunday 11th February 2018.

The National Chairperson of the ANC, Comrade Gwede Mantashe, will not participate in the build up programmes on Friday 9th February and Saturday 10th February due to deployment to Mpumalanga province.

The National Officials are still to advise whether the visit to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu will continue in the absence of the President. In the event it continues, the visit will NOT be open to the media.

Thus the program for the National Officials for Friday, 9th February 2018 will unfold as follows:

Deputy President Comrade David Mabuza

Date: Friday, 09 February 2018

ACTIVITIES:

06h30 – 08h30: Blitz and Walkabout at Nolungile train station and Site C taxi rank

10h00 – 12h00: Meeting with the transport industry and local small businesses at Site C, Blue Hall

14h00 – 16h00: Community meeting

Secretary General Comrade Ace Magashule

Date: Friday, 09 February 2018

ACTIVITIES:

07h00 – 08h30: Blitz and walkabout at the Philippi Train Station

10h00- 12h00: Door to door in Philippi Wards; 33, 34, 36, 39 and 80

14h00  - 16h00: Community meeting and visit to Dora Tamana Site in Hangberg, Imizamo Yethu

Deputy Secretary General Comrade Jessie Duarte 

Date: Friday, 09 February 2018

ACTIVITIES:

06h30 – 08h30: Blitz and walkabout at the Nyanga Taxi Rank

10h00 – 12h00: Door to door and visit to the Family of Cde Mildred Holo

Treasurer General Comrade Paul Mashatile

Date: Friday, 09 February 2018

ACTIVITIES:

07h00 – 08h30: Blitz and walkabout at the Belville Taxi Rank

10h00 – 12h00: Door to door in Wards 84, 85, 86

16h30 – 18h30: Meeting with unemployed people at the Nomzamo Community Hall, Strand 


08 Feb 10:27

ANC Parliamentary caucus meets 

The ANC's Parliamentary caucus will meet on Thursday for a special caucus meeting.

The caucus was called for 10:00 following recent events in Parliament, including the postponement of the State of the Nation Address (SONA), African National Congress spokesperson Nonceba Mhlauli said.

The contents of caucus meetings however, will not be disclosed as they are closed meetings for members, Mhlauli added.

It is not usual for caucuses to sit before the SONA, usually considered the "opening of Parliament".

Reports are that ANC MPs will discuss its options ahead of an anticipated announcement from ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa on the future of President Jacob Zuma. 

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