Friendly banter at ANC lekgotla between Zuma, Ramaphosa

2017-02-01 17:12

Johannesburg – President Jacob Zuma and his deputy Cyril Ramaphosa seemed at ease with each other at the Cabinet lekgotla in Pretoria on Wednesday.

This was despite rumours that their relationship had been strained due to the ANC’s elective conference in December.

They joked with journalists during a photo opportunity at the meeting.

Ramaphosa told supporters that the party’s leaders were at loggerheads, in a speech at the ANC's 105th birthday celebrations in the Eastern Cape.


He said the ANC was rotting because of its national leaders. He fell short of saying that one of its most prominent leaders, Oliver Tambo, would be disappointed with its current leadership.

Zuma in turn cautioned members against discussing the succession debate. He had been speaking at rallies in KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, and Mpumalanga.

While in Limpopo, Zuma criticised those calling for the implementation of lifestyle audits.

He said it was not ANC policy for the party’s deputy president to succeed him. This was seen as an endorsement for former AU chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

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