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

12 February 2018

That is why Top Six members who had been scheduled to visit various communities and institutions in Cape Town to mobilise at the weekend for the Mandela Centenary launch at the Grand Parade yesterday had to cancel, and to return to the ANC headquarters at Luthuli House in Johannesburg.

When Mandela finished, Ramaphosa briefly addressed the crowd.

The Top Six backed Ramaphosa fully and resolved that there was no longer any point in continuing to "manage the transition" with Zuma, and that he should therefore go.

"The National Executive Committee will be doing precisely that".

But there is a growing sense of unease over the lack of information about the confidential talks between Zuma and Ramaphosa.

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Mr Zuma has faced increasing pressure to quit since December, when Mr Ramaphosa replaced him as leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

For the past week, Ramaphosa has been bargaining with Zuma to resign from office as his continued stay as head of state would allegedly affect the party brand and could cost them votes in the 2019 general election.

"We know you want this matter to be finalised", he said to rapturous cheering, vowing to tackle the corruption that has tarnished Zuma's government. "The (ANC parliamentary) caucus is also prepared to facilitate Zuma's departure". 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.

The interests of people must be put first, not the interests of individuals, said Ramaphosa.

Mr Zuma, 75, faces a number of corruption charges after nine years in power.

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"We have no other choice but to continue fighting corruption" Ramaphosa said.

"Nelson Mandela's objective in whatever he did was to see people of South Africa united".

Urging South Africans to restore the values Mr Mandela stood for, he called for an end to corruption and said those who had stolen state assets would be brought to justice.

"That is what Mandela would have wanted. That is his legacy".

"As we remember this great leader, this year gives us an opportunity as we remember Mandela, to reaffirm our vision of a non-racial society, to build an SA for all our people", said Ramaphosa.

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"We have arrived at a moment in the history of our country where we can relive that moment when Nelson Mandela was released".

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