'It looks like talks between Zuma and Ramaphosa have not born fruit'

During the Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations in Cape Town, ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa mentioned that the party's NEC will be having a meeting on Monday at 14h00 to make a decision on the future of President Jacob Zuma.

Political analyst Ralph Mathekga says it appears that the talks between Ramaphosa and Zuma didn't bear any fruit.

We don't have a sense as to what are the concrete agreements that have been made during the talks.

Ralph Mathekga, Political and Policy Analyst

The problem is that the ANC has been raising expectations that it is able to handle this matter internally but 'so far we haven't seen any results', says Mathekga.

If the ANC cannot handle this or they are having difficulties, I think they should be honest and forthright with the nation instead of sending mixed messages as if they are handling it well.

Ralph Mathekga, Political and Policy Analyst

My view is that members of the top six and some top officials in the ANC could not agree up to this point. What makes it different, is that the NEC will speedily expedite this and agree. There is likely going to be some form of deadlock or even extended talks in dealing with this.

Ralph Mathekga, Political and Policy Analyst

Mathekga says Zuma understands the internal functioning of the NEC, meaning that he has read the NEC very well and knows he might survive.

If he could not conceal to those talks with Ramaphosa he knows that he can try it out with the NEC, perhaps he also know he can survive motion of no confidence in parliament.

Ralph Mathekga, Political and Policy Analyst

It is not unthinkable because he keeps on saying that the people love him.

Ralph Mathekga, Political and Policy Analyst

We can talk about the technicalities of the talks and how Ramaphosa should have been firm but the truth of the matter is that within the ANC there are still people who believe President Jacob Zuma should stay.

Ralph Mathekga, Political and Policy Analyst

Mathekga says he'd be very surprised if there is any agreement and an announcement is made today because of the inner conflicts within the ANC.

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