South Africa’s deputy President David Mabuza is said to be contemplating to resign after communicating with President Cyril Ramaphosa.
According to insiders Mabuza is said to have told the President that his resignation would allow a smooth transition in Government following the recent election of Paul Mashatile as African National Congress deputy president.
“While there is no pronouncement by the president on any changes in the executive, the deputy president has, within the context of ANC leadership changes, taken a considered view that it is important to align party leadership roles with government responsibilities.
“To this end, he has engaged the president on his intention to resign to foster leadership synergies and cohesion both in the party and the state. The deputy president is awaiting a decision to that effect.”
Several members of the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC), including those who serve in Ramaphosa’s cabinet, however, insisted that Mabuza has already resigned.
The resignation is said to have reached Ramaphosa’s office.
It was however agreed, according to insiders, on Wednesday that Mabuza’s resignation should not be announced until Mashatile has been sworn in as an MP, to allow him to take over as deputy president.