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Ramaphosa on Zuma’s ConCourt snub: ‘Let’s give him time to think’

ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that there are no plans to reprimand his predecessor, former president Jacob Zuma for defying an order by the Constitutional Court

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President Cyril Ramaphosa reckons that his predecessor, Jacob Zuma needs to be given space so he can reconsider his decision to defy the Constitutional Court, after it ruled that he ought to comply with summons issued by the State Capture Commission and appear.

Ramaphosa spoke to journalists in Soweto, Johannesburg on Friday, February 5, 2021, outside the home of struggle stalwart Rebecca Kotane. He was asked to weigh in on Zuma’s refusal to obey an order by the highest court in the land.

“I saw it as something that is in process. He has expressed his own thoughts and views that he doesn’t want to go to the commission. This is a matter that I’m sure he’s going to give much more thought to because he is being counseled by a number of people and a number of organisations that the constitutional structure that he contributed so much to needs to be given consideration,” he said.

“I’m sure in his own mind, in his own time he will think about all this. I would like to say let’s give former president Jacob Zuma time and space to think about this, and also to hear what other people are saying and in giving consideration to this, I’m sure he will come to a conclusion. I prefer to leave it there”

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The ANC needs time reflect on Zuma matter – Ramaphosa

Ramaphosa also pointed out that as the African National Congress (ANC), they were yet to discuss Zuma’s defiance of the apex court. The former president’s scathing attack on the judiciary sparked calls for the ANC to revoke his membership or at the very least, call him to order.

When asked about possibly revoking Zuma’s party membership, Ramaphosa said it was not something that was on the table. He added that as the ANC, much has happened over the past few days, which requires “deep thought.”

“We all need time to think and reflect on the recent developments and these are matters that need to be given deep thought before we come to any rushed type of conclusion or decision…All those matters are obviously options that can be looked at. Let’s see how the matter develops as we move on,” he said.

His comments are a far cry from party secretary general Ace Magashule, who came to Zuma’s defence and said he must be left alone.