Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Zuma exit talks 'nothing to do' with Mandela rally events

Zuma exit talks 'nothing to do' with Mandela rally events

Madiba-Zuma reportedly defended her husband in a post on Instagram saying "Zuma did not join the ANC in 1991, jumped ship or hip hopped between the struggle and wealth accumulation".

The senior ANC official Paul Mashatile said he was part of a group of the ANC's top six most powerful officials who met Zuma late on Sunday at his official residence in Pretoria in a bid to convince him to resign but a negotiated exit for the embattled leader now looks more likely.

The ANC said that the talks meant that a special party meeting scheduled for Wednesday that could have forced Zuma out of office had been postponed to next week, but it gave no details about any possible resignation deal.

'He is not above the law, Maimane said, predicting that 'Jacob Zuma will retire in prison.

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Meanwhile, ANC deputy president and Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza will be zoning in on the local transport industry in Khayelitsha on Friday.

Parliament was supposed to debate a motion of no-confidence against Zuma on February 22. "But President Zuma has declared his unwillingness", said Amanda Gouws, a political science professor at Stellenbosch University.

'Now it seems he is trying to negotiate a deal which will free him and his family from prosecution after he steps down that puts Ramaphosa in a very hard position.

Mabuza is also in Cape Town for the ANC's Nelson Mandela centenary celebrations.

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Despite the attacks on him, Zuma still enjoys some backing within the party, particularly among rural members and within his own Zulu community.

Zuma has been South Africa's most controversial president since the end of white-minority rule in 1994, overseeing a tumultuous nine years marked by economic decline and numerous allegations of corruption.

"Revolution is a festival of the masses not some elite pact we are subjected to here in South Africa", he said.

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Zuma is expected to resign "in the coming days".

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