It is widely assumed that President Cyril Ramaphosa is making preparations to resign at his address to the country scheduled to take place on Thursday evening.
IOL has received credible information indicating that President Ramaphosa has informed his Cabinet that this will be the final time he will meet with them.
In the wake of the publication of the report on Phala Phala, there has been a steady increase in the amount of pressure that is being put on Ramaphosa to resign from his positions as president of the country and of the ANC. Serious allegations were made against Ramaphosa by the Section 89 panel, which was chaired by Sandile Ngcobo, who had previously served as Chief Justice.
The visit that Ramaphosa was scheduled to make in front of the National Council of Provinces to address questions on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. was canceled.
The visit that his deputy, David Mabuza, was scheduled to make before the South African National Council to mark World AIDS Day was also canceled.
Mabuza was represented in Mabuza’s absence by Health Minister Dr. Joe Phaahla.
Before the report by former Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo was made public, Ramaphosa’s administration stated that it had also postponed the visit by Nicolas Maduro, the president of Venezuela. This announcement came before the report was made public.
The state visit that Maduro was scheduled to make was anticipated to take place on Tuesday.
This was the day that it happened to coincide with a debate in Parliament about the Phala Phala report and what sorts of actions should be taken in response to it.
Pule Mabe, the spokesperson for the ANC, stated that the ANC was an organization focused on the process. It would have to come to a stop and talk about what would take place.
The meeting of the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) that was supposed to take place on Thursday evening has been moved to Friday.