Little support for Zuma’s bid for second deputy

Rochelle de Kock

POLITICAL analysts and opposition parties yesterday said President Jacob Zuma would have to give compelling reasons why he needed a second deputy. Meanwhile, ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu yesterday vehemently denied that there was talk of a second deputy president.

The Sunday Times reported at the weekend that there were “sensitive discussions” under way within the ANC to have the party’s national chairwoman Baleka Mbete return to the executive after the May 7 elections as Zuma’s second deputy focusing on governance.

According to the report, ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is mooted to be the deputy president focused on running the country with Zuma.

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