#Zexit: South Africa (prematurely?) prepares for Zuma recall

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After spending much of 2018 in the dark corners of the internet zeitgeist, and with ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa seemingly grabbing all the headlines, South African President Jacob Zuma is once again the talk of the country.

After the State of the Nation Address was postponed indefinitely (it was due to take place in Cape Town today) on Tuesday, rumours were abound that the ANC was intent on removing Zuma from power.

According to Ramaphosa, talks between the two are still ongoing, but the country has scant idea of what they’re talking about.

But a few others just couldn’t wait to celebrate, popping the champagne well before the final whistle had been blown.

#ZumaIsGoneParty began trending Tuesday, with some convinced that the postponement of SONA signalled the demise of Zuma’s reign.

It wasn’t taken toooo seriously though.

#ZumaExit, and the more amusing #Zexit both trended this week, along with a number of related hashtags, including #BalekaMbete, #SONA, #SONA2018 and #ANCNEC.

The former continues to trend at the time of writing as news slowly trickles from Parliament and the Presidency.

Politicians react to SONA postponement, possible Zuma exit

Elsewhere in South Africa, opposition party members have taken to the social network to announce their party guestlist air their opinions regarding the postponement of SONA, and the ANC’s plans regarding Zuma.

“The longer this drags on the weaker it makes Ramaphosa look,” DA chief whip John Steenhuisen tweeted.

Mbuyiseni Ndlozi retweeted EFF leader Julius Malema’s call for “revolution”.

“[D]on’t be a Twitter activist, or desktop activist, neither should you stand on the sidelines; let’s occupy streets,” he wrote.

Cyril Ramaphosa, however, issued the following statement:

“This is a challenging time for our country. Both President Zuma and myself are aware that our people want and deserve closure. The constructive process we have embarked on offers the greatest opportunity to conclude this matter without discord or division.

“Throughout this process, I am guided by the principle that the interests and needs of the South African people are paramount.”

We haven’t put the champagne on ice just yet.

Feature image: GovernmentZA via Flickr (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Andy Walker, former editor


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