Jacob Zuma’s days as SA’s president are numbered. In fact, there is consensus within the national executive committee of the ANC that Zuma must vacate office expeditiously. But there is some disagreement over the manner, timing and conditions of his departure from office. What is clear, though, is that — for the sake of "unity" — ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa does not want a clumsy and messy exit. The first prize for Ramaphosa is a dignified exit by resignation. Within his camp, there are many who want maximum humiliation for the president because, as some of them argue, Zuma benefited from Mbeki’s humiliation a decade ago. Those who managed the tension between the two centres of power — Zuma’s presidency of the ANC and Mbeki’s presidency of the country — following the Polokwane conference tend to be more pragmatic because they witnessed, firsthand, the debilitating effects of tension between the two centres of power and the instability that followed the decision to recall Mbeki as ...

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