New ANC leader in 'constructive' talks with SA president Jacob Zuma

South African President Jacob Zuma leaves parliament in Cape Town South Africa Wednesday Feb 7 2018

South African President Jacob Zuma leaves parliament in Cape Town South Africa Wednesday Feb 7 2018

Opposition parties are planning a national shutdown to protest against the long and drawn-out process leading to President Jacob Zuma's resignation.

At 0645 GMT, the rand traded at 12.0450 per dollar, not far off its NY close of 12.0650 on Wednesday.

According to Ramaphosa, his discussions with Zuma "were constructive and lay the basis for a speedy resolution of the matter in the interests of the country and its people".

While journalists set up camp under a tree opposite the entrance to the National Assembly on Wednesday morning, Speaker Baleka Mbete was inside the building with party chief whips for a special chief whips' forum meeting.

Political space for a meeting of the ANC NEC, the party's highest decision-making structure between national conferences, to decide on Zuma's future was clinched when parliament postponed the State of the Nation Address on Tuesday, five days after maintaining it would go ahead, albeit with an all-important rider of possible extraordinary events.

Mr Ramaphosa, who promised to fight corruption when campaigning to be the ANC's next leader, will be its candidate in South Africa's presidential election.

He gave details of their meeting with Zuma and detailed how the president had asked them what the ANC meant by a "transition period".

India vs South Africa, 3rd ODI, Cape Town
AB de Villiers , Faf du Plessis and Quinton de Kock have all been ruled out of the remaining matches on this Indian tour. Virat Kohli-led India have hit back after a loss in the Test series and gained lead in six-match ODI series.

South Africa's deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, said today he expected that the future of embattled leader Jacob Zuma would be settled in the "coming days".

These images of government business as usual make it hard to believe insider talk of serious animosity between the two about the terms of Zuma's departure, and about Zuma having some unspecified devastating dirt on Ramaphosa.

Zuma, who has denied wrongdoing, has been enmeshed in scandals for years.

The power struggle has rocked the ANC, the renowned liberation movement that led the fight against white-minority rule but has since lost much public support.

Zuma's presidency has been dominated by an economic slowdown, record unemployment and allegations of corruption.

He faces several court cases, including action relating to 783 payments he received allegedly linked to an arms deal before he came to power in 2009.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Nelson Mandela Foundation urged Mr Zuma to step down.

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