CAPE TOWN, South Africa-The leader of South Africa's ruling African National Congress said on Sunday that a protracted battle over the potential resignation of President Jacob Zuma will be concluded Monday.
The difference, of course, is that Zimbabwe needed a military coup to force 93-year-old Robert Mugabe to the negotiating table last year, whereas the ANC held a convention to elect Mr. Ramaphosa at the end of Mr. Zuma's term as party leader in December. He added that ANC members should be supporting one another in defeating those who are protecting and keeping Zuma in office.
Expecting Zuma to step down of his own accord is therefore optimistic, and it would also explain why Zuma has insisted in previous meetings that the ANC hasn't formally requested him to step down and that he therefore couldn't.
The ANC's National Executive Committee had been expected to make a final decision on his future on Wednesday, but that meeting was postponed after "fruitful" discussions were held with him. Ramaphosa has staked his claim and there's little Zuma can do about it. "Our people want this matter finalized". Zuma's tenure as president officially runs until mid-2019.
ANC Gauteng spokesperson Motalatale Modiba said the provincial ANC reiterated its stance that the ANC NEC was able to resolve "the current leadership issue decisively in a manner that demonstrates that the ANC has put the interest of South Africa first".
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"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. Some say the delay is because Mr. Zuma desires immunity from prosecution.
Zuma also faces more than 780 allegations of corruption relating to a 1990s arms deal.
"While we commemorate 2018 as the centenary of the birth of this great South African on 18 July 1918, he has left us with rich layers of milestones in his remarkable life", said the foundation.
After being such a key player in South African politics for so long, his presidency is now staggering to a fractious, and perhaps humiliating, end, says the 's Andrew Harding in Johannesburg.
The so-called "top six" leaders of the ANC canceled planned events and cleared their schedules for the weekend meeting, leaving lesser government and party officials scrambling to answer questions in their sudden absence.
The Zuma family has since apologised for the post. A no confidence vote would apply to Zuma's whole cabinet, Ramaphosa included, and impeachment would imply criminal behavior. Communications from an ANC official leaked on Friday suggested the party was planning to hold a meeting on Wednesday to sack Zuma but made a decision to hold off because negotiations between Zuma and Ramaphosa were going so well.