Who's in charge in South Africa these days?

12 February, 2018, 02:13 | Author: Conrad Doyle
  • Jacob Zuma

South Africans on Sunday celebrated 28 years since late President Nelson Mandela was released from prison after serving 27 years for opposing white-minority rule.

The NEC is the highest decision-making body of the ANC between national conferences.

Zuma's hold over the ANC was shaken in December, when his chosen successor - his former wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma - narrowly lost out to Ramaphosa in a vote to be the new party leader.

Ramaphosa has been lobbying for Zuma to resign and has said he hopes to conclude talks with the president "in coming days.in the interests of the country".

The statement, issued by Regional Secretary Scara Njadayi, cautiously starts on the subject of "the management of the Transition (Possible stepping aside of the State President)" and expresses appreciation for the efforts of the party's national executive as well as party president Cyril Ramaphosa "with regard to President Jacob Zuma, the State President on a possible transition and the management of the process of him stepping down".

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Zuma has not said whether he will resign voluntarily before his second term as president ends in the middle of next year.

After a week of "discussions" between Ramaphosa and Zuma about the imminent change of guard, South Africans have been left wondering what the way forward will be, with the big question being: when will Zuma go?.

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

Referring to it as a "delicate matter" requiring serious political and organisational discipline, the REC noted however the potential for creating uncertainty in the country and the Congress Movement at large.

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.

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"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.

"The NEC will be meeting tomorrow to discuss this very matter and because our people want this matter to be finalised, the NEC will be doing precisely that".

"South Africans must appreciate that the leadership of the ANC is hard at work".

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

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". Denis Goldberg was imprisoned in Pretoria.

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It was followed by the party postponing the party's emergency National Executive Committee meeting that was due on Wednesday to discuss Zuma's recall.

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