President Jacob Zuma will on Monday, February 13, hold a teleconference with the President of the United States Donald Trump.
The presidency confirmed the report on Twitter a few hours ago, adding that the teleconference will hold on Monday afternoon.
The Presidency confirms a request from the White House for a telecon between President Zuma and President Trump this afternoon, 13/2/17
— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) February 13, 2017
It will be the first time President Jacob Zuma will be speaking to Trump since his inauguration on January 20.
Notably, Zuma was one of Trump’s well wishers when the latter won the US election on November 8, 2016.
A statement released by the department of international relations on behalf of Zuma at the time read:
“President Jacob Zuma has today, on behalf of the government and the people of South Africa, congratulated president-elect Donald Trump for winning the presidential elections that were held in the United States on November 8, 2016.
President Zuma conveyed his best wishes to the president-elect and looked forward to working with president-elect Trump to build on the strong relations that exist between the two countries.”
Donald Trump made it to the white house, against all odds, in the hard-fought election with Hilary Clinton, which held on November 8, 2016. His victory even belittled worldwide prophecies from some renowned pastors across the globe – including Nigeria’s most famous prophet, T.B Joshua.
Meanwhile, the presidential engagement has since got a lot of people talking. A South African analyst who weighed in on the matter stated that this teleconference could potentially be important for both South Africa and Africa as a whole.
Ahead of the crucial teleconference, South Africans are already having a field day about the engagement. Some social media users took the streets of Twitter immediately after the announcement to drop some rib-tickling posts.
Some side-splitting posts sitting right below the Presidency handle – @PresidencyZA include:
— Ben Pooler (@benpooler) February 13, 2017
@PresidencyZA did you guys tell Trump he is going to speak to an illegitimate president? South Africa at this moment has NO president.
— SteynBeyers (@BeyersSteyn) February 13, 2017
@PresidencyZA Oh God what does Mr America first want to dump in SA now?
— Phaswana Bambo (@PhaswanaBambo) February 13, 2017
— Bhut'Khawenze Kaloku (@Sundiata_X) February 13, 2017
Some Twitter users, however, felt that President Zuma and Trump have nothing serious to discuss. They suggested Zuma cancels the engagement.
— @OnthatileModise (@onthatilemodis5) February 13, 2017
— //=\ ||//|| (( )) (@tshepo_amo) February 13, 2017
@PresidencyZA Why would this be newsworthy? Two dunces chatting about the ignorance of the other – may as well add a monkey into the chat
— Krusta (@Krusta) February 13, 2017
Others advised the government not to undermine the importance of the conversation. They pleaded with the government to live-stream the conversation, at least, for future purposes.
@PresidencyZA The conversation should be recorded like that of Thuli Madonsela. Zuma may deny the telecon
— Sipho Maseko (@osmaseko) February 13, 2017