South Africa's Ramaphosa says working to resolve issue of Zuma's future

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"We should handle these discussions that are now under way with care and objective, ensuring that we put the interests of South Africans first", he said.

The uneasiness was heightened after the state of the nation address was for the first time postponed indefinitely last week.

Zuma, 75, has not said whether he will resign voluntarily before his second term as president ends in the middle of next year. The ANC is running on an anti-corruption ticket.

Zuma denies wrongdoing, but he has been discredited by a host of 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.

For the past week, Ramaphosa has been bargaining with Zuma to resign from office as his continued stay as head of state would allegedly affect the party brand and could cost them votes in the 2019 general election.

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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. It is Madiba's example that should inform our approach to the tasks that we must undertake.

"People don't want us to think through issues".

"The successful resolution of this matter has significant consequences for the country and for the African National Congress".

"This year we are called upon, all of us, to look at where we have come from and to look at our weaknesses, to look at the challenges we face", Ramaphosa said. He must pay the legal fees himself.

"The NEC will be meeting tomorrow to discuss this very matter and because our people want this matter to be finalised, the NEC will be doing precisely that".

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"In defence of Madiba's legacy, we will continue to wage a relentless war on corruption and mismanagement of the resources of our country", said Ramaphosa.

Ramaphosa, an anti-apartheid activist who held the microphone for Mandela during the City Hall speech, was a key negotiator during the transition to democracy in the early 1990s.

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". He was freed from Robben Island prisons in 1990 before being elected the country's first black president in 1994.

Ramaphosa also lauded the late ANC stalwart Albertina Sisulu, and Archbishop Emeritas Desmond Tutu for their roles as leading lights of the anti-apartheid struggle.

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.

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