'The ANC needs to make an announcement of Zuma's departure soon'

SACP deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila says recalling President Jacob Zuma should have been an easy decision to make by the ANC given the difficulties that Zuma has put the party through.

He says what is important is that Parliament was able to take a decision to postpone the State of the Nation Address (Sona), which was a very important decision.

The SACP welcomes a meeting that held between president of the ANC Cyril Ramaphosa and President Jacob Zuma, where Zuma was informed of the available options for him to make a dignified exit.

Read: SACP wants Zuma to deny or confirm alleged plot to axe Ramaphosa

He won't get away with murder and there will be no political arrangement for this, he must just leave office at the moment because he has demeaned the ANC.

Solly Mapaila, Second Deputy General Secretary of the SACP

In fact, if the ANC let him be in the office they must kiss goodbye to leading the South African society.

Solly Mapaila, Second Deputy General Secretary of the SACP

Associate Professor, Public Law at UCT, Richard Calland says what is happening in the country is extremely confusing and raising uncertainties.

He says it is concerning that an important date in the country's calendar (Sona) has been put aside to accommodate the needs of a particular political party.

An urgent NEC meeting that was supposed to held on Wednesday was also cancelled upon announcement of Sona postponement.

Calland says the only explanation for the NEC meeting cancellation is that an agreement has been reached between Ramaphosa and Jacob Zuma with regards to his departure.

Whether his departure will be announced this morning, it remains to be seen but some sort of announcement has to come from the ANC to clarify what is going on.

Richard Calland, Associate Professor in Public Law at UCT

Otherwise the uncertainty will continue to do great harm to the reputation of government and Ramaphosa and the prospects of the economy to recover.

Richard Calland, Associate Professor in Public Law at UCT

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