South Africa's Ramaphosa clears diary, pushing for Zuma…

South Africa's Ramaphosa clears diary, pushing for Zuma…

Gwede Mantashe, the ANC's national chairperson, told a crowd of party supporters on Saturday that South Africans should be patient and that "there is no disagreement about where we want to go" with Mr Zuma.

"There is agreement on the end game, what is being discussed is the timing and the process that should be followed", Mantashe told the public broadcaster on the side lines of the party's 106 birthday celebration in Mpumalanga.

Cyril Ramaphosa, the president-in-waiting, and the ruling ANC party have said negotiations should be concluded within days, but have given no details about how Zuma will be eased out of power. Ramaphosa has quickly asserted himself, making high-profile moves and statements against the alleged corruption that has dogged Zuma for years and weakened the ANC's reputation ahead of 2019 elections.

Addressing an ANC rally in the eastern province of Mpumalanga, Gwede Mantashe said ANC officials should be fearless and must be able to make hard decisions, but leaders had a duty to "analyze and mitigate risks".

"Ramaphosa said President Jacob Zuma was willing to resign but wanted certain things to be cleared before he could do so".

But Ralph Mathekga, a political analyst and the author of the book When Zuma Goes, said the country is growing frustrated with the lack of clarity on when the President will leave power. Many reporters were camped outside Zuma's official residence in Pretoria.

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.

South Africa's Ramaphosa clears diary, pushing for Zuma…

Edward Zuma, on behalf of the Zuma family, has issued a response to what it calls "regrettable tweets" made by Thobeka Madiba-Zuma, one of president Jacob Zuma's wives. "Allow Cyril Ramaphosa to execute and use his art and his personality to manage this", Mantashe said.

"Though we have sanctioned an investigation around this matter, we want to state categorically that such tweets are unfortunate and regrettable".

He has further appealed that the party be given space to manage a "very complex situation".

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

"We are confident when they finish there they'll give South Africa a positive way forward. Don't follow emotion", he said. Other options for his removal include impeachment proceedings in parliament or a vote on an opposition-sponsored motion of no confidence that is scheduled for February 22.

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.

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