President Jacob Zuma (left) greets supporters with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the ANC's 106th anniversary celebrations as ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa and his deputy, David Mabuza, look on in East London at the weekend. Picture: REUTERS
President Jacob Zuma (left) greets supporters with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the ANC's 106th anniversary celebrations as ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa and his deputy, David Mabuza, look on in East London at the weekend. Picture: REUTERS

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday gave his strongest indication yet that President Jacob Zuma’s days as the country’s president were numbered, saying that the matter "must be addressed", but that Zuma should not be humiliated.

In an interview with the SABC on the ANC’s January 8 statement, Ramaphosa cautioned party leaders against humiliating Zuma, saying that while "this issue is being raised by everyone … it is a matter that is delicate".

"We should never humiliate president Zuma," he said.

In a further indication that he intends to take control of government sooner rather than later, Ramaphosa and his colleagues in the ANC’s top six will on Monday meet Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba and Treasury officials to discuss the funding of higher education.

This will be the second meeting Ramaphosa has held with Treasury officials on the matter since the start of 2018.

On the agenda is likely to be what Ramaphosa has referred to as "tough choices". These include the funding options for the new higher education plan, most notably, a discussion over whether to hike VAT or personal income tax, or both.

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ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the ANC's 106th anniversary celebrations in East London at the weekend. Picture: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko
ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa addresses the ANC's 106th anniversary celebrations in East London at the weekend. Picture: REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko