South African ruling party leaders to meet amid Zuma limbo

South African ruling party leaders to meet amid Zuma limbo

African National Congress (ANC) leader and South Africa deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Sunday revealed at the launch of the Mandela centenary celebrations in Cape Town that he was employing the late statesman's strategy of being "careful" when dealing with hard matters. The ANC has lost moral stature because of the president's scandals but Ramaphosa, Zuma's expected successor and new party leader, appears intent on managing an exit for the 75-year-old president that minimizes internal divisions.

"We know you want this matter to be finalised", Ramaphosa told a crowd of ANC supporters in Cape Town on Sunday.

The family also says it remains committed towards the project of nation building and expresses their confidence in the ANC leadership elected to ensure that the party remains "a vehicle to build the nation".

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".

Since Ramaphosa won the ANC leadership race in December, he has come under increasing pressure to "recall" his predecessor as ANC president Jacob Zuma as head of State.

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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.

Taking to Instagram, Madiba-Zuma posted a picture of her and the president and captioned it "my everyday crush".

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

Replying to a follower who asks whether it will be ugly, she writes that her husband did not alternate 'between the struggle and wealth accumulation. "He will finish what he started because he does not take orders beyond the Atlantic Ocean #mattersofthestomach (sic)".

The stalemate over Zuma's departure has left South Africa in limbo, with a series of public events cancelled last week including Thursday's State of the Nation address to parliament.

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"But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die", said Mandela, who died in 2013 at the age of 95.

With comments such as "we needed to be led by gangsters to know we don't need one in the future", ordinary South African residents speak on the current political situation in the country.

Zuma has been South Africa's most controversial president since the end of white-minority rule in 1994, overseeing a tumultuous nine years marked by economic decline and numerous allegations of corruption.

His second term is due to end around the middle of 2019 when South Africa holds general elections.

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