Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

#Mandela100: Ramphosa says #ZumaExit will be finalised Monday

#Mandela100: Ramphosa says #ZumaExit will be finalised Monday

Mantashe said ANC officials would meet on Saturday to discuss the transition, but Zuma will not be part of the meeting.

Zuma has expressed his desire to continue ruling the country until the end of his state presidential term in 2019. The ANC is running on an anti-corruption ticket.

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

Zuma denies wrongdoing, but he has been discredited by a host of scandals, including multi-million-dollar upgrades to his private home that were paid by the state, alleged looting of state enterprises by his associates and the possible reinstatement of corruption charges tied to an arms deal two decades ago. "The National Executive Committee will be doing precisely that".

Making comparison with former president Thabo Mbeki's stepping down, Njadayi said the REC wanted to remind Zuma that Mbeki hadn't oppposed the NEC decision to recall him.

Ramaphosa was expected to speak in Cape Town on Sunday, the 28th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from prison.

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

"People don't want us to think through issues".

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Allow Ramaphosa to use his personality and art of leadership to manage, Mantashe said in the SABC interview.

Reliable ANC sources earlier confirmed that the negotiations with Zuma concerned "cosmetic" issues like the payment of his legal fees after leaving office and security for him and his family.

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". "We know that this matter needs to be finalised, we know you want closure". 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 his speech, the deputy president said the government will wage a "relentless war against corruption and mismanagement of the resources of our country" and that the justice system will punish the guilty. On that euphoric day, a bearded Ramaphosa held the microphone for Mandela as the anti-apartheid leader who would become South Africa's first black president addressed well-wishers.

"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".

Ramaphosa also lauded the late ANC stalwart Albertina Sisulu, and Archbishop Emeritas Desmond Tutu for their roles as leading lights of the anti-apartheid struggle.

A similar meeting of the ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC) was called off last week after direct talks between Mr Zuma and Mr Ramaphosa, who is the deputy president as well as the new leader of the party.

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