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?


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