Monday, 15 October, 2018

Ramaphosa avoids questions on Zuma as ANC calls special meeting

A rose has been named after former President Nelson Mandela A rose has been named after former President Nelson Mandela
Charlie Simmons | 12 February, 2018, 02:06

Zuma, in power since 2009 and battling corruption allegations, has been living on borrowed time since Ramaphosa replaced him as leader of the ruling party in December. "This is precisely what our leadership is doing now with the key objective of uniting our people". "We know you want closure on this matter", Ramaphosa said. Politically, however, that case never went away: The opposition vowed not to let the matter drop, and has since used it to illustrate its lack of faith in the president through eight no-confidence votes in relation to his alleged corrupt acts before and during his presidency.

The leader of South Africa's ruling party has acknowledged growing impatience over the failure to resolve President Jacob Zuma's future.

Ramaphosa this week has held discussions with Zuma on a power transition and said he anticipates a prompt resolution, though critics accused the deputy of making a mockery of South African democracy with confidential talks that have left the country in political limbo.

"The matters that are at hand, they are not simple matters, they are complex matters, we have faith in (Ramaphosa) and his ability to find solutions to take us forward", Duarte told local news service Eyewitness News on Sunday.

In a strongly worded statement the ANC in the Sarah Baartman Region says the sooner Jacob Zuma steps down from the Presidency the better, labelling his efforts to hold on to the position as "unprincipled conduct". "While preserving the value of money is our main mandate, our objective is to be a bastion of institutional strength, contributing to a stable and prosperous economy that serves the well-being of all South Africans, and guided in part by Madiba's values", said Lesetja Kganyago, South African Reserve Bank Governor. He also faces possible impeachment, decade-old corruption charges could be reinstated by the end of the month and he is also the subject of a state capture commission of inquiry. Madiba addressed thousands of supporters at the Grand Parade that afternoon, and Sunday's event was meant to emulate that.

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Mandla Mandela, the former president's grandson who attended the rally, said the ANC's unity had to be preserved through the transition.

The Treasurer General says churches have a particular significance for the ANC because of the enormous role they played in the liberation struggle.

"For him a necessary condition for the unity of South African people was the unity of the African National Congress".

He said Ramaphosa had returned Gauteng province, where the ANC's headquarters is located in the country's commercial capital Johannesburg.

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