S Africa's ANC party to hold meeting as pressure mounts on Zuma

Tonya Becker
February 12, 2018

African National Congress (ANC) leader Cyril Ramaphosa pulled out of public events to focus on 'pressing matters yesterday, fuelling speculation that Ramaphosa was making a final push to force Jacob Zuma to step down as South Africa's head of state.

The ANC called off a special meeting of its executive body on Zuma scheduled for last Wednesday after the president and Ramaphosa agreed to hold talks on a handover of power.

The two were said to be discussing "cosmetic issues", including the payment of Zuma's future legal fees and security for him and his family.

On Tuesday, Parliament's presiding officers announced that Thursday's State of the Nation Address had been indefinitely postponed amid fears that it might descend into chaos.

Zuma has not said whether he will resign voluntarily before his second term as president ends mid next year. The ANC is running on an anti-corruption ticket.


Opposition parties have also asked for the vote of no confidence against Zuma set for February 22 to be brought forward.

Zuma expects to be subpoenaed to testify before the Zondo Commission into state capture and may very well face criminal charges relating to the arms deal corruption and Schabir Shaik soon. "The National Executive Committee will be doing precisely that".

Many former supporters of the president want him to resign because of his links to scandals that have sapped support for the ruling party and hurt one of Africa's biggest economies, but there is a growing sense of unease over the lack of information about the confidential talks between Zuma and Ramaphosa, his expected successor.

He said Madiba's example should inform their approach to the tasks that they must undertake.

"As the leadership of the African National Congress, we are now engaged in discussions around the transition to a new administration and specifically to resolve the issues of the position of the President of the Republic".


"I was young in 1990 when Nelson Mandela was released, but maybe Ramaphosa will inspire us the way Mandela inspired people the day he was freed from prison", she said.

"It is the interests of you, our people, that must be put first, and not the interests of anyone else", he said.

"Our people want this matter finalised". The warn that South Africans are losing hope and that the uncertainty is creating space for "opportunistic elements" to step in, "solely to topple the ANC from power".

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

Ramaphosa, an anti-apartheid activist who held the microphone for Mandela during the City Hall speech, was a key negotiator during the transition to democracy in the early 1990s.


First Lady Madiba-Zuma, however, who clearly supports her husband's stance to remain in power until next year will have none of these antics to remove her from the stately home as well and cautioned against "picking a fight with someone who is not fighting you".

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