South Africa's ANC to finalise talks on Zuma's future

South Africa's ANC to finalise talks on Zuma's future

South Africa's ANC to finalise talks on Zuma's future

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.

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.

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".

Ramaphosa told an ANC rally in Cape Town that the meeting would "finalise" the matter, but he gave no further details.

Zuma's spokesman did not respond to calls seeking comment.

She posted a happy photo of herself and her husband, seemingly inside a plane, from her Instagram account, firstladytzuma, with the following caption in isiZulu: "My crush, Nxamalala, Msholozi, Maphumephethe, Inkunzi, Emidiwayidwa, Zinyane likaMnyakanya".

She also cautions against "picking a fight with someone who is not fighting you".

'My everyday crush, she says referring to Zuma.It's going to be ugly.

"Kusazoshipha ukotshi darling. UMsholozi did not join the ANC in 1991, jumped ship nor hip hopped between the struggle and wealth accumulation".

Unlike Zuma, Ramaphosa was not driven into exile for opposing apartheid, which some of the party's more hardline members hold against him. "We know that Nelson Mandela would have been against the capturing of the institutions of our country".

When Ramaphosa sold off his business in 2014 and returned to politics, he became one of South Africa's 20 richest people.

Zuma had been due to officiate at a diplomatic awards ceremony in Cape Town today, according to his office, but that event has been postponed. Jailed for 27 years, the anti-apartheid leader addressed an ecstatic crowd from the balcony of Cape Town's City Hall on February 11, 1990 and was elected as South Africa's first black president four years later.

Insiders had expected Zuma to resign by the end of the weekend, but with the calling of the special NEC, it now does not appear likely that he will do so.

The top six leadership of the ANC is scheduled to meet today, during which Ramaphosa will inform them of the outcome of his discussions with Zuma.

The Guptas and Zuma have denied any wrongdoing.

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