South Africa's Ramaphosa: ANC Working to Resolve Fate of Zuma

South Africa's Ramaphosa: ANC Working to Resolve Fate of Zuma

South Africa's Ramaphosa: ANC Working to Resolve Fate of Zuma

Though he avoided mentioning Zuma by name, Ramaphosa spoke several times of a "transition of power" in reference to talks on Zuma's future and said the ANC wanted to resolve issues around the "president of the country".

"This year we are called upon, all of us, to look at where we have come from and to look at our weaknesses, to look at the challenges we face", Ramaphosa said.

After missing out on becoming Nelson Mandela's deputy when the anti-apartheid icon swept to power in 1994, Ramaphosa withdrew from politics, switching focus to business.

"But if he is going to be leading on the basis of the cacophony of noises around us, he will commit mistakes - it is [for the] protection of the president of the ANC to tell analysts to back off". Doing so would be continuing the legacy of Mandela.

The NEC will hold an emergency meeting on Monday as the country awaits word on whether Zuma will resign.

Ramaphosa had earlier withdrawn from the programme and was expected to continue his meeting with Zuma.

Zuma has not spoken since being asked to resign by senior ANC officials on February 4.

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Opposition parties have criticized reports of ongoing private talks between Zuma and Ramaphosa.

Sunday newspapers reported that Zuma was negotiating, among other things, an assurance that the state will take care of his legal fees, security for his family and immunity from prosecution.

Mantashe said Ramaphosa was dealing with a "complex situation", however, officials were agreed on the "end game".

"Our people want this matter finalised. As we do that, we must listen to the people of SA, we must listen to workers when they are saying for as long as we keep the president of the republic in power, the ANC brand becomes damaged", Losi said to loud applause.

"South Africans must appreciate that the leadership of the ANC is hard at work. While preserving the value of money is our main mandate, our objective is to be a bastion of institutional strength, contributing to a stable and prosperous economy that serves the well-being of all South Africans, and guided in part by Madiba's values", said Lesetja Kganyago, South African Reserve Bank Governor. "Don't follow emotion", he said. "There are so many people who depend on Zuma to stay in their jobs that they are putting self interest ahead of the party's".

The ANC is under pressure to force Zuma out of the Union buildings, with party supporters and opposition planning mass protests to force him to resign.

The uneasiness was heightened after the state of the nation address was for the first time postponed indefinitely last week.

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