There is no gainsaying the fact that President Zuma’s political career is apparently hanging by the thread and that he has a thick dark cloud hanging over him.
Also, one may not be far from the truth if he posits that his administration may have lost the support and confidence it once garnered from South Africans.
However, it appears VP Cyril Ramaphosa is not really in a hurry to leap to power should the axe fall on the president before the end of his tenure.
VP Cyril Ramaphosa In Parliament
Answering questions on the World Economic Forum, the peace process in South Sudan and the public protector report on the ANC distributing food parcels during election time in Parliament on Wednesday, Ramaphosa skirted the sensitive issue when the DA MP David Maynier called on him to succeed South Africa’s embattled president.
The deputy president rather threw the question back at Maynier, demanding him to oust his national leader Mmusi Maimane.
Remarkably, VP Cyril Ramaphosa answered, “We in the ANC have no problem. We have a strong leadership that is leading the country, we have a strong leadership that is leading the party.”
Following allegations of state capture and Nkandla ruling, the ANC has been under pressure to send President Zuma packing as South Africa’s president.
But ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe wouldn’t want such to happen because according to him, the removal of Thabo Mbeki in 2008 (who was Zuma’s predecessor and ANC’s sitting president) really taught the party a lesson.
However, in the midst of perceived ‘disorder’ and ‘chaos’ presently rocking some branches of the ruling party, no one has been officially tipped to be Zuma’s likely successor.
Be that as it may, we will recall that some time in April National Speaker Baleka Mbete made sensitive remarks which many perceived as tell-tale sign towards her ambition to succeed Zuma.
According to Mbete, she was approached severally by senior ANC leaders to succeed President Jacob Zuma next year.
“There are many people [who have approached me] however, I will not answer that now. But I will respond when the time for that comes. Let us wait until that time has come to answer your question.
But for now I really cannot, as a disciplined member, do something that the organisation has said is not on the agenda,” she said.
Also, reports had it that AU chairwoman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma also indicated interest in taking over the affairs of the country.