Dlamini-Zuma appointment as Interim President central to Zuma resignation

President Jacob Zuma says he will relinquish power as head of state only if his former wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is installed as Interim President

This is one of the key conditions that Zuma has put down during behind-the-scenes negotiations currently taking place with newly elected ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa, in exchange for his resignation, according to a Mail & Guardian report.

The idea is that Dlamini-Zuma serve as Acting President until the outcome of the general elections due to take place in the second quarter of 2019.

The beleaguered President also wants surety that some of his key Cabinet appointments – including the recent reshuffling of David Mahlobo to the Energy ministry and Bongani Bongo, who has allegations of corruption hanging over his head, to Minister of State Security.

Since his appointment to the portfolio late last year, Mahlobo has made it crystal clear that he intends on pushing ahead with the controversial and expensive nuclear energy deal.

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Ramaphosa, however, has reportedly turned down Zuma’s demand for Dlamini-Zuma to be appointed Interim President and has suggested either Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu or National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete be appointed to the position temporarily.

ANC NEC members who spoke to the newspaper on condition of anonymity says the talks have now ground to a halt.

“At the moment, it’s a stalemate (on the conditions under which Zuma would agree to resign). So we will see where it ends up after the national working committee and heads of sub-committees are selected at the next NEC,” a member was quoted saying.

Source: Mail & Guardian