Sisulu the frontrunner to become Ramaphosa’s deputy

An 11th-hour meeting between President Cyril Ramaphosa and Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has prompted speculation that she may be selected to take over as deputy president of the country.

On Thursday afternoon, Ramaphosa was sworn in as South Africa’s president after Jacob Zuma resigned on Wednesday night, leaving a vacancy in Ramaphosa’s previous position.

A party leader, who spoke to the Mail & Guardian on condition of anonymity, said Ramaphosa chose Sisulu to watch Zuma’s resignation address with him.

“They were together last night; they were watching the resignation together … at Cyril’s place in Cape Town. There were also some few NEC [national executive committee] members.

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