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Top ANC committee to meet after talks with Zuma

Top ANC committee to meet after talks with Zuma”

Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is set to take over from Zuma, should he step down.

Zuma, who has not said whether he will step down voluntarily before his second term as president ends, has been deserted by several prominent allies in the ANC since Ramaphosa took over leadership of what is the only party to govern South Africa since the end of apartheid. The ANC has the power to recall President Zuma from his duties as president of the country before the SONA address and send a clear signal that it is embarking on a new path - a path of true leadership, in tune with the needs of the people, and committed to good governance and the end of state capture.

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"There should be a change of guard. We want to see a situation where there is one centre with no tension‚ and the best possible way is if the state president exits‚" Mashatile told CNBC Africa in an interview on Friday night. The EFF had requested that next Thursday's State of the Nation (Sona) be postponed and that Zuma's future be decided through a parliamentary vote by MPs. "Go to him and say "look we're not booting you out but we think we can work better this way", he said.

Opposition parties have been calling on the ANC to remove the 75-year-old president, whose time in office has been marred by several allegations of corruption.

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The meeting with Limpopo traditional leaders forms part of Ramaphosa's campaign to reconnect with them on important issues. There was no immediate comment from an ANC spokeswoman.

Ramaphosa, who as the ANC's new leader is in a strong position to win the 2019 elections, has called for party unity.

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Speaker of the National Assembly Baleka Mbete would not allow the motion of no confidence to happen so early, but put it on the calendar for 22 February. However, Zuma still has support within the top 6 with Secretary General Ace Magashule and his deputy Jessie Duarte defending his continued stay at Union Buildings.



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