Cape Town – When asked the question on the country’s lips – what President Jacob Zuma’s immediate future holds – ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa just laughed.
Ramaphosa found himself in a media-scrum as he exited Cape Town’s St George’s Cathedral, where he attended a service on Sunday morning with other ANC leaders.
“We leave this church well-armed with blessings and prayers from the bishop,” Ramaphosa said.
“So as the leadership of the ANC, we have been well-empowered as we move ahead. We would like to thank you very much, we would like to thank the congregation for their total support as we manage this transition.”
It was then that the question was asked of when there would be word on Zuma’s exit.
“Thank you very much, ha-ha-ha-ha,” Ramaphosa responded as he started to move across Wale Street to the Taj Hotel’s side-entrance, hugging babies along the way, with his security detail in close attendance.
Shortly after 9 am, with Ramaphosa’s appearance imminent, two of his security detail’s members removed a supposedly homeless man who delivered a sermon of a kind to the assembled journalists waiting on Ramaphosa.
Minutes later, a motorcade of at least nine cars arrived. Ramaphosa got out and briskly made his way to the church’s entrance, surrounded by his guards, cameras’ shutters clicking and video cameras rolling all the while.
Ramaphosa took a seat at the front bench, flanked by ANC NEC member Nomaindia Mfeketo and acting Western Cape chairperson of the ANC Khaya Magaxa.