[LISTEN] #ZumaExit: Who is really in charge of the negotiation process?

There are questions surrounding the delay in negotiations between deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and President Jacob Zuma, with critics asking who is really in charge.

There is mounting pressure from opposition parties and African National Congress (ANC) alliance partners who are calling on Ramaphosa to take a decision on Zuma's exit as soon as possible.

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

Critics say Ramaphosa should stop taking on the role of a negotiator and be decisive instead.

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

Political analyst, Prof Mcebisi Ndletyana gives his take on the matter.

Ramaohosa [is in charge] because JZ is the one who called Cyril soon after their meeting on Sunday evening to say he is ready to talk. Especially after the NWC meeting when the NWC decided that the NEC should vote.

Prof Mcebisi Ndletyana, political analyst

He caught wind of that and realised that he will be forced out and he would not be able to at least negotiate the terms.

Prof Mcebisi Ndletyana, political analyst

He is obviously hopping that he might get some immunity from prosecution so these are tricky issues. Cyril is also concerned that he doesn't want him to leave acrimoniously because that would give him an excuse to go back home and mobilise.

Prof Mcebisi Ndletyana, political analyst

He must seal the deal in the next two days. If he doesn't deliver it might backfire and that might beg to say well he is not as in charge as he thinks he is, especially if the opposition takes over this inititive and applies pressure to a point where JZ goes. Cyril doesn't want the opposition to get credit fro something that he would have started so it is critical that he pushes it now in the next two days.

Prof Mcebisi Ndletyana, political analyst

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