Top ANC Officials Cancel Events as Zuma Exit Talks Intensify

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"Zuma is increasingly isolated but the ANC's apparent reluctance to resort to parliamentary procedures to get rid of him and rather negotiate his exit appears to be playing into his hands", said Mike Davies, the founder of political-advisory company Kigoda Consulting.

The timing and circumstances of the early exit of Zuma, who is under intense pressure to resign, pose a challenge for the party that was the main anti-apartheid movement during white minority rule and has led South Africa since the first all-race elections in 1994.

She posted a happy photo of herself and her husband, seemingly inside a plane, from her Instagram account, firstladytzuma, with the following caption in isiZulu: "My crush, Nxamalala, Msholozi, Maphumephethe, Inkunzi, Emidiwayidwa, Zinyane likaMnyakanya".

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

St George's Cathedral was at the forefront of the anti-apartheid struggle and during a Christmas mass service a year ago its Archbishop Thabo Makgoba called on the new ANC leadership to act "quickly and decisively" to replace Zuma as head of state.

SACP Western Cape chairperson Benson Ngqentsu said: "The longer you keep president Zuma in power, the worse off for the people, the worse off for South Africa".

The party's highest decision-making body is meeting in Pretoria on Monday where President Jacob Zuma's future is expected to top the agenda.

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

"Kusazoshipha ukotshi darling. UMsholozi did not join the ANC in 1991, jumped ship nor hip hopped between the struggle and wealth accumulation".

Ramaphosa says he understands that party members want the issue to be finalised.

On Sunday, Ramaphosa announced South Africa's national minimum wage is to be introduced from 1 May this year.

"The centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela gives us an opportunity for renewal and rebuilding", Ramaphosa said, noting that the party and the county was emerging from a hard period.

Zuma had been due to officiate at a diplomatic awards ceremony in Cape Town on Saturday, according to his office, but that event has been postponed.

He still retains the support of a faction within the ANC but has seen several prominent party allies desert him recently.

Zuma expects to be subpoenaed to testify before the Zondo Commission into state capture and may very well face criminal charges relating to the arms deal corruption and Schabir Shaik soon.

The Guptas and Zuma have denied any wrongdoing.

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