South Africa holds its breath as Jacob Zuma in talks to resign

Africa Jacob Zuma attends the 54th National Conference of the ruling African National Congress at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg South Africa

Africa Jacob Zuma attends the 54th National Conference of the ruling African National Congress at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg South Africa

The top decision-making body of South Africa's ruling ANC will meet on Monday following days of talks over President Jacob Zuma's expected departure from office, a party spokeswoman said Sunday. Earlier during his address Mantashe lashed out at those insulting party president Cyril Ramaphosa over ongoing Zuma to force him to resign and appealed for patience.

The two were said to be discussing "cosmetic issues", including the payment of Zuma's future legal fees and security for him and his family.

"There is no disagreement about where we want to go (on Zuma) but the tactics on how to do that is the responsibility of leadership", Mantashe told the rally. Ramaphosa also led South Africa's delegation to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last month, mixing with heads of state and trying to assure investors that the country is emerging from the turmoil that briefly sent it into recession a year ago.

The report stated that Zuma and ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa are secretly negotiating the deal. Analysts have said Zuma, a deft political operator, and his deputy, a key negotiator during the end of apartheid, likely are discussing the terms of the president's exit.

Adding to the confusion, Tobeka Madiba-Zuma, one of Mr Zuma's wives, posted a picture of herself and the president on Instagram, warning in the post that "things are about to get ugly" and that her husband "will finish what he started because he does not take orders beyond the Atlantic Ocean".

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

On Saturday, the part saying "it's going to be ugly" had been edited out of her post.

Zuma supporters in the NEC have realised they have no argument to present contrary to the view that Zuma must go, Fikeni said.

"Government issues and ANC issues are not family issues, therefore the family does not have anything to say regarding this".

Ramaphosa is due to give a speech to mark 100 years since the birth of liberation hero Nelson Mandela on Sunday.

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