AS IT HAPPENED: Zuma has left Tuynhuys after meeting with Ramaphosa

2018-02-07 15:00

President Jacob Zuma and ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa have left Tuynhuys in Cape Town after a protracted meeting over Zuma's future as head of state.


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In a statement, he said he met with Zuma on Tuesday night to discuss the transition and matters relating to his position as state president.

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The President of the African National Congress Cyril Ramaphosa on discussion with President of the Republic of South Africa Jacob Zuma on transition 

Fellow South Africans,

There has been a lot of speculation and anxiety about the position of President Jacob Zuma as the head of state and government of our country.

I would like to clarify some matters in this regard.

Last night, President Jacob Zuma and I began direct discussions on the transition and matters relating to his position as the President of the Republic.

The discussions were constructive and lay the basis for a speedy resolution of the matter in the interests of the country and its people.

On the basis of the progress made, it was agreed to postpone a special meeting of the ANC National Executive Committee that had been scheduled for later today. This will enable President Zuma and myself to conclude our discussions and report back to our organisation and the country in the coming days.

I am aware that the uncertainty surrounding the position of the Head of State and Government is a cause for concern among many South Africans. This is understandable.

However, I am certain that the process we have now embarked on will achieve an outcome that not only addresses these concerns, but also unites our people around the tasks that all of us must necessarily undertake to build our country. We will be able to communicate further on President Zuma's position as President of the Republic once we have finalised all pertinent matters.

While the current situation has necessitated the postponement until further notice of the State of the Nation Address, the work of government and Parliament will continue.

This is a challenging time for our country. Both President Zuma and myself are aware that our people want and deserve closure. The constructive process we have embarked on offers the greatest opportunity to conclude this matter without discord or division.

Throughout this process, I am guided by the principle that the interests and needs of the South African people are paramount. 

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Zuma and Ramaphosa are both reportedly on the Parliamentary precinct, according to News24 reporter Paul Herman. 

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