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Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Cyril Ramaphosa: ANC impatient over Jacob Zuma future

Cyril Ramaphosa: ANC impatient over Jacob Zuma future

The ANC has lost moral stature because of the president's scandals but Ramaphosa, Zuma's expected successor and new party leader, appears intent on managing an exit for the 75-year-old president that minimizes internal divisions.

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

On Sunday, ANC National Executive Committee (NEC) member Nomvula Mokonyane said the party's NEC will determine when the SONA should happen.

He also acknowledged the disunity within the ANC but said Mr Mandela's centenary year "offers us a new beginning".

Zuma also faces another no-confidence vote against his leadership in parliament on February 22, brought by the ultra-left Economic Freedom Fighters party.

South Africans are hoping for clarity by the time Ramaphosa speaks in Cape Town on Sunday, the 28th anniversary of Mandela's release from prison.

Zuma, who has been implicated in a succession of scandals, was succeeded as leader of the ANC by his deputy Ramphosa in December and has faced mounting pressure to resign.

"The successful resolution of this matter has significant consequences for the country and for the African National Congress".

He said his discussions with Zuma had to be conducted with "care and purpose" and with the aim of uniting South Africans. He must pay the legal fees himself.

But Ramaphosa put paid to all the claims when he declared: "It is the interests of you, our people, that must be put first, and not the interests of anyone else".

"There is no disagreement about where we want to go (on Zuma) but the tactics on how to do that is the responsibility of leadership", Mantashe told the rally. "They need to close this thing early this week".

"In defence of Madiba's legacy, we will continue to wage a relentless war on corruption and mismanagement of the resources of our country".

Outside the church Ramaphosa told a throng of awaiting journalists: "They were praying for us and they were praying that we should have wisdom, have total commitment to the people of South Africa and that is what we were praying for".

"We remember the other Rivonia trialists - Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Ahmed Kathrada, Raymond Mhlaba, Elias Motsoaledi and Andrew Mlangeni - who were imprisoned alongside Madiba on Robben Island".

The ANC national executive committee (NEC), which is the highest decision-making body in the party, was due to take a final decision on Zuma's future on Wednesday, but Ramaphosa dramatically cancelled the NEC meeting this week after what he called a "constructive and fruitful" meeting with Zuma on Tuesday.

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