The Political Desk: Cosatu, SACP believe Ramaphosa is wasting time

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) say they expect a decision on President Jacob Zuma's exit by the end of this weekend.

There has been mounting pressure on Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to conclude negotiations with the President.

Opposition parties has warned if a decision isn’t taken by Sunday evening they’ll expedite an Economic Freedom Fighters-led motion of no confidence in Zuma. The parties have also threatened a national shutdown if he is not removed as president.

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

Eyewitness News political reporter Clement Manyathela spoke to Cosatu and the SACP on Thursday.

They are very impatient. In fact these are the people that have been at the forefront of Cyril Ramaphosa's support. They have had a lot of confidence in him.

Clement Manyathela, EWN political reporter

They were telling me last night that he is wasting time. They are giving him until the next two days and saying we are expecting that by the end of this weekend those talks will be finalised.

Clement Manyathela, EWN political reporter

Cosatu was quite interesting in their comments because they are saying that this man must stop trying to be a negotiator and saying he needs to start acting.

Clement Manyathela, EWN political reporter

There are some people who think the reason there are delays essentially means President Jacob Zuma is the one in charge of the talks.

Clement Manyathela, EWN political reporter

Click on the link below to hear more from Clement...


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
LISTEN: Zuma the strategist vs Cyril the constitutionalist

LISTEN: Zuma the strategist vs Cyril the constitutionalist

Political analysts weigh in as President Zuma and ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa are locked in power shifting negotiations.

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

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

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

‘Failure to remove Zuma does not sit well with society. Ramaphosa is on trial’

‘Failure to remove Zuma does not sit well with society. Ramaphosa is on trial’

Fixing South Africa’s economic woes starts with Zuma resigning as President, Wits’ Lumkile Mondi tells Bruce Whitfield.

[LISTEN] How Ramaphosa should be communicating (and the mistakes he's making)

[LISTEN] How Ramaphosa should be communicating (and the mistakes he's making)

Media Strategist, Chris Vick says the ANC president is currently creating a trust deficit between him and the public.

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

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

This leaked audio outlined an exit plan for Zuma that was very different from what Cyril Ramaphosa then began implementing.

Political Desk: NEC postponement signals progress in talks with Zuma - analyst

Political Desk: NEC postponement signals progress in talks with Zuma - analyst

Public Law professor Richard Calland gives his take on the latest political news.

Former top cop Phahlane to have his day in court for alleged corruption

Former top cop Phahlane to have his day in court for alleged corruption

Former police commissioner Kgomotso Phahlane is accused of taking kickbacks in order to secure tenders for police suppliers.

Is immunity/amnesty for Jacob Zuma on the cards?

Is immunity/amnesty for Jacob Zuma on the cards?

Opposition party members John Steenhuisen, chief whip of the DA and Narend Singh, chief whip of the IFP both say immunity for Jacob Zuma is unacceptable.

Zuma likely negotiating for immunity, says former ANC MP

Zuma likely negotiating for immunity, says former ANC MP

Former ANC MP and activist Andrew Feinstein says President Zuma is busy hashing out the terms of his exit to dodge prosecution.

What Cyril Ramaphosa must do first upon becoming South Africa’s new President

What Cyril Ramaphosa must do first upon becoming South Africa’s new President

Negotiations are underway to remove Jacob Zuma as President. Bruce Whitfield interviews Gibs’ Prof Nick Binedell.

Popular articles
The UAE is pumping billions into the Horn of Africa

The UAE is pumping billions into the Horn of Africa

The Money Show's Bruce Whitfield interviews Africa correspondent Lee Kasumba

Bob Martin’s new adverts celebrate how good pets are for humans

Bob Martin’s new adverts celebrate how good pets are for humans

Bruce Whitfield asks branding and advertising expert Andy Rice to critique the week’s advertising “heroes” and “zeroes”.

'Minnie understood he might become a target'

'Minnie understood he might become a target'

Marianne Thamm wrote the forward to 'The Lost Boys of Bird Island' and worked with Mark Minnie in editing the controversial book.

[WATCH] Dad dresses up as a mom so his sons don't feel left out on Mother's Day

[WATCH] Dad dresses up as a mom so his sons don't feel left out on Mother's Day

Khabazela shares Facebook posts, YouTube videos that have gone viral including one with the smartest dogs.

[LISTEN] Is your phone listening in on your conversations?

[LISTEN] Is your phone listening in on your conversations?

MD at World Wide Worx Arthur Goldstuck explains how your phone may record your voice conversations.

JHB CBD muggings - Where are the police ?

JHB CBD muggings - Where are the police ?

City of Joburg mayor Herman Mashaba says undocumented people living in the city make it difficult to combat crime.

'Black Tax'... working hard, earning well, but struggling financially

'Black Tax'... working hard, earning well, but struggling financially

Young(ish) South Africans tell stories of the mixed emotions they feel when supporting family members, and tips from an advisor.

Castro bodyguard shares tales of dictator’s double life and breath-taking wealth

Castro bodyguard shares tales of dictator’s double life and breath-taking wealth

Juan Sanchez shares stories of Fidel Castro that’ll make you re-examine everything you thought you knew about the Cuban dictator.