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Zuma's conditions for stepping down as president

Zuma's conditions for stepping down as president

Zuma's conditions for stepping down as president

He addressed the crowd outside as part of celebrating 28 years since Nelson Mandela was released from the Victor Verster Prison and delivered his first speech as the newly-elected ANC president at the Grand Parade.

The drama over whether South African President Jacob Zuma soon will leave office because of corruption allegations is overshadowing commemorations of the centenary of Nelson Mandela's birth. "This is precisely what our leadership is doing now with the key objective of uniting our people".

Sources told News24 on Friday Zuma and Ramaphosa were expected to conclude talks on Zuma's exit within the next 48 hours, after which the outcome will be announced to the nation.

The Sunday Times has learnt that Ramaphosa is trying to secure Zuma's co-operation in the state-capture investigations and has solicited opinions on legal avenues that would allow the president to avoid prosecution or receive a reduced sentence. Jailed for 27 years, the anti-apartheid leader addressed an ecstatic crowd from the balcony of Cape Town's City Hall on February 11, 1990 and was elected as South Africa's first black president four years later.

Zuma, who has been implicated in a succession of scandals, was succeeded as leader of the ANC by his deputy Ramphosa in December and has faced mounting pressure to resign.

The ANC called off a special meeting of its executive body to discuss Zuma's future scheduled for last Wednesday after the president and Ramaphosa agreed to hold talks for a transition of power. The ANC has lost moral stature because of the president's scandals but Ramaphosa, Zuma's expected successor and new party leader, appears intent on managing an exit for the 75-year-old president that minimizes internal divisions.

"We are in a very hard space, and there's no doubt it requires a great deal of courage and moral strength to pass this moment", ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte said Sunday.

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"I don't understand why the ANC's new leadership has not removed Zuma already because that is long overdue", he said at the rally.

One case relates to 783 payments he allegedly received linked to an arms deal before he came to power.

ANC spokesman Pule Mabe said the executive committee's meeting on Monday had been brought forward from next weekend, because of the urgency of the leadership issue.

"He is not willing to step down voluntarily".

Zuma initially refused to resign on Sunday night after being asked to step down by the top six officials.

Under Zuma, the ANC suffered its worst electoral setback since coming to power under Mandela in 1994, winning less than 54 percent of the vote in municipal elections in 2016.

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