Will Zuma be beside Ramaphosa when he delivers his January 8 statement?

The African National Congress president Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to deliver his January 8 statement this weekend at the ANC's 106 birthday celebration.

Ramaphosa has been paying homage to ANC's former leaders, some in the Eastern Cape as well as KZN, visiting their families and laying wreaths at their graves.

Political analyst at University of Kwazulu-Natal, Lukhona Mnguni, says Ramaphosa has been emphasising the issue of unity and repurposing the organisation in a way that unifies everybody.

You must unite in principle not for the purpose of political expediency.

Lukhona Mnguni, Political analyst

Mnguni says he has doubts that Ramaphosa will touch on the issue of removing President Jacob Zuma from power, which a lot of people will be expecting him to address.

It is very difficult to preempt what he might talk about tomorrow. I would be very interested to hear how they might do certain things differently.

Lukhona Mnguni, Political analyst

It is not clear whether President Jacob Zuma will be attending the ANC 106th birthday in the Eastern Cape on Saturday.

Mnguni says Zuma's presence will not really do anything for Ramaphosa.

If Zuma is present, he knows he is still enjoying some support within the ANC, and he wants to continue enjoying that support so that when Ramaphosa's colleagues feel like recalling Zuma as the President of the country, it would actually fracture the ANC.

Lukhona Mnguni, Political analyst

The presence of Zuma will be about him trying to self protect and making sure that he remains seen in public and relevant in the eyes of many people.

Lukhona Mnguni, Political analyst

EWN reporter Ziyanda Ngcobo says the ANC says it is ready for its January 8 statement. Ace Magashule mentioned that the venue is ready and buses are also ready to transport people to the stadium.

However, the ANC hasnt publicly made its predictions as to how many people will be attending this event on Saturday.

Ngcobo says deputy general secretary Jessie Duarte declined to predict the number of attendees, saying they will be grateful for whoever attends the event.

We know from political parties, that once you make predictions and give numbers is a way of showing confidence ahead of the event.

Ziyanda Ngcobo, EWN reporter

To hear more of this conversations about the ANC's 106th birthday celebration, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Will Zuma be beside Ramaphosa when he delivers his January 8 statement?


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Opinion: Give the country what investors want, confidence!

Opinion: Give the country what investors want, confidence!

702 host Ray White says the ANC's January 8 statement should mark the beginning of something new for South Africa.

700 nursing students left in the lurch for 2018 enrollment in Gauteng

700 nursing students left in the lurch for 2018 enrollment in Gauteng

Denosa president Simon Hlungwani explains how nursing candidates believed they had secured a place to study starting in January.

[Watch] New VW Polo is the safest ‘B-segment’ car in the world (2017 Euro NCAP)

[Watch] New VW Polo is the safest ‘B-segment’ car in the world (2017 Euro NCAP)

It's impossible to buy a safer small car than the new VW Polo. It launches on 24 January (pricing is in the article).

Rules sub-committee hopes to finalise impeachment rules by March

Rules sub-committee hopes to finalise impeachment rules by March

EWN Parliamentary reporter Gaye Davis shares latest on the new draft of rules to give effect to section 89 of the Constitution.

Political Desk: No talk about Zuma's removal at ANC NEC meeting

Political Desk: No talk about Zuma's removal at ANC NEC meeting

The new NEC met for the first time on Wednesday in East London, where the party’s annual 8 January celebrations will be held.

Commission: Over 30% of investigated schools keeping exclusive uniform contracts

Commission: Over 30% of investigated schools keeping exclusive uniform contracts

The Competition Commission says that exclusive contracts are unlawful and many have resulted in exorbitant uniform prices.

Brand new ANC NEC to sit for the first time, party celebrates 106th anniversary

Brand new ANC NEC to sit for the first time, party celebrates 106th anniversary

The National Executive Committee (NEC) under Cyril Ramaphosa's leadership will convene on Wednesday for the first time.

'The President has a new boss and that boss is Cyril Ramaphosa'

'The President has a new boss and that boss is Cyril Ramaphosa'

Analyst Daniel Silke says he doesn't believe everyone on the NDZ list wants to see the perpetuation of Jacob Zuma.

Conference has signaled a total capture of Luthuli House - Zwelinzima Vavi

Conference has signaled a total capture of Luthuli House - Zwelinzima Vavi

The SG of the South African Federation of Trade Unions says the ANC has elected individuals who are the cause of State Capture

Land will be central to #Sona2017 - Judith February

Land will be central to #Sona2017 - Judith February

President will likely focus on land issue, surely a response to the EFF and its more radical land policies, says Judith February.

ANC stalwarts locked in meeting over January 8 statement

ANC stalwarts locked in meeting over January 8 statement

Stalwarts are meeting to discuss statement delivered by President Jacob Zuma during party's 105 birthday celebrations in Orlando.

Popular articles
[LISTEN] New Visa regulations could change the face of South African tourism

[LISTEN] New Visa regulations could change the face of South African tourism

Lecturer at TUT's Dept of Tourism, Unathi Henama says that the tourism sector is at the center of the economic policies in SA.

Public Protector's office accused of irregular expenditure

Public Protector's office accused of irregular expenditure

EWN reporter Bonga Dlulane says the Public Protector failed to comply with legislation when buying goods and services.

'My hubby is 75 and we still do it' - stories about sex on the other side of 50

'My hubby is 75 and we still do it' - stories about sex on the other side of 50

Is biology putting the brakes on your sexuality? Callers share their experiences of sex and growing older.

How to get rich by investing in smoking hot US and Canadian dagga shares

How to get rich by investing in smoking hot US and Canadian dagga shares

Returns of 500% are not unheard of. Is this another crypto-like bubble? Not in the least, says Financial Advisor Warren Ingram.

[Watch] Dad breaks down when reunited with car sold to pay wife’s bills

[Watch] Dad breaks down when reunited with car sold to pay wife’s bills

Khabazela shares some of the most popular tweets, posts, and videos on 'What's gone viral'.

'I thought he was going to rape me' - Ellen Pakkies on killing drug addict son

'I thought he was going to rape me' - Ellen Pakkies on killing drug addict son

'Ellen' The Ellen Pakkies Story, premiers in cinemas on Friday.

[WATCH] Is it a cow's penis or an udder? Well, this kid thinks it's a penis

[WATCH] Is it a cow's penis or an udder? Well, this kid thinks it's a penis

Check out the videos, tweets, Facebook posts that have gone viral and why this kid cheered her dad on in the toilet.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.