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AP Explains: Who's in charge in South Africa these days?

Published:Tuesday | February 13, 2018 | 12:00 AM
In this photo supplied by the South African Government Communications and Information Services (GCIS) South African President Jacob Zuma, left, and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, right, with minsters and deputy ministers at a scheduled routine meeting of Cabinet committees at parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, last Wednesday.


South Africans are anxious over what could be the last stage of scandal-swamped President Jacob Zuma's tenure. The executive committee of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party met yesterday over the calls for Zuma's presidency to end.

The ANC's new leader, Cyril Ramaphosa, said the executive committee meeting would finalise a power transition in South Africa. Ramaphosa held several meetings with Zuma to negotiate the terms of the president's departure from power.

South Africa is in limbo as it waits to hear how long Zuma will stay on as president. A photograph from a Cabinet meeting last week of the two men seated across the table from each other, smiling at the camera, only reinforced the perception that one of Africa's largest economies now has two centres of power.