Zuma's future in Ramaphosa's hands

President Jacob Zuma gestures as he addresses parliament in Cape Town South Africa in this Nov. 2 2017 file

President Jacob Zuma gestures as he addresses parliament in Cape Town South Africa in this Nov. 2 2017 file

Spokesman Pule Mabe declined to comment on whether the meeting of the National Executive Committee, which has the power to instruct Zuma to resign, would discuss Zuma's political future.

The prospect of a plea bargain is part of an exit package being secretly negotiated between ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa and Zuma.

South Africa's African National Congress (ANC) leader Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday the party's executive body would meet on Monday to finalise discussions on the future of President Jacob Zuma, who is under mounting pressure to step down. His second term is due to end around the middle of 2019 when South Africa holds general elections. The ANC's chairperson said on Saturday that South Africans should be patient with Ramaphosa as he holds talks with Zuma for a transition of power.

Zuma also faces another no-confidence vote against his leadership in parliament on February 22, brought by the ultra-left Economic Freedom Fighters party.

Zuma denies wrongdoing, but he has been discredited by scandals, including multi-million-dollar upgrades to his private home that were paid by the state, alleged looting of state enterprises by his associates and the possible reinstatement of corruption charges tied to an arms deal two decades ago.

"As the leadership of the African National Congress, we are now engaged in discussions around the transition to a new administration and specifically to resolve the issues of the position of the President of the Republic. It is therefore important that we manage the discussions that are now underway with care and objective, ensuring that we place the interests of South Africa first".

Reliable ANC sources earlier confirmed that the negotiations with Zuma concerned "cosmetic" issues like the payment of his legal fees after leaving office and security for him and his family.

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"It is the interests of you, our people, that must be put first, and not the interests of anyone else", he said.

"We know you want this matter to be finalised", Ramaphosa told a crowd of ANC supporters in Cape Town on Sunday.

"South Africans must appreciate that the leadership of the ANC is hard at work". The occasion marked the first time Mandela addressed South Africans after 27 years in prison for opposing apartheid.

The REC statement was issued hours after Tobeka Madiba-Zuma was reported on News24 as warning that all hell would break loose and accusing those trying to remove her husband from the Presidency of "picking a fight".

"We remember the other Rivonia trialists - Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Ahmed Kathrada, Raymond Mhlaba, Elias Motsoaledi and Andrew Mlangeni - who were imprisoned alongside Madiba on Robben Island".

"Like Madiba, they were made to suffer for their convictions and, like him, their sacrifices, their courage and their indomitable spirit continue to inspire us"'.

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