NEC vote on recalling Zuma would've been risky for Ramaphosa - Melanie Verwoerd

Having the ANC NEC vote on recalling President Jacob Zuma has major risks for ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa, political analyst Melanie Verwoerd says.

LISTEN: ANC's Paul Mashatile - 'If Zuma does not resign he will be recalled'

Ramaphosa postponed the special NEC sitting to decide No.1's fate, amid talks between himself and Zuma.

Verwoerd says that while Ramaphosa may be good at negotiating "behind-the-scenes deals", the nation has been left out of the loop about Zuma's demands.

ALSO LISTEN: How Ramaphosa should be communicating (and the mistakes he's making)

She says that if Zuma has not agreed to step down before next week, the NEC meeting scheduled for 17 and 18 Feb would have to vote him out.

Verwoerd also considers the possibility that Zuma may have a secret trump card he is using to blackmail the ANC.

There were risks for Cyril Ramaphosa letting it go to the NEC.

Melanie Verwoerd, political analyst and former ANC MP

The ANC has bought another week for them to resolve this amicably.

Melanie Verwoerd, political analyst and former ANC MP

There isn't a deal yet... Time in running out fast now.

Melanie Verwoerd, political analyst and former ANC MP

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