South Africa opposition demand end to Zuma impasse

South Africa opposition demand end to Zuma impasse

South Africa opposition demand end to Zuma impasse

"South Africa can not continue to be held in limbo while Cyril Ramaphosa [ruling African National Congress (ANC) president] and Jacob Zuma, and their respective factions, continue to fight over the terms of Zuma's exit", he said in a statement late Thursday.

Earlier on Thursday, South African media reported that Ramaphosa told a parliamentary caucus that Zuma's immunity is not party of the discussion.

However‚ ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa would head back to the Western Cape to deliver the keynote address at the rally as scheduled.

President 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.

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.

Several opposition parties say it's quite clear the African National Congress (ANC) simply doesn't know what to do, amid President Jacob Zuma's apparent reluctance to resign. The postponement also increased speculation that an agreement for Zuma to step down was being finalized.

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Another diplomat said there had been "no good atmosphere" at this week's talks. "They will crash out, there will be even more damage".

The radical opposition Economic Freedom Fighters party have meanwhile called for a "national shutdown" to force Zuma out.

It was also announced on Thursday afternoon that the 2018 annual Ubuntu awards had been postponed until further notice.

"South Africa can not continue to be held in limbo while Cyril Ramaphosa and Jacob Zuma, and their respective factions, continue to fight over the terms of Zuma's exit", DA leader Mmusi Maimane said Thursday.

The reports come after Ramaphosa on Wednesday asked South Africans to remain calm while they discuss pertinent issues with President Zuma.

Zuma spent a decade at the Robben Island prison where Mandela was held, and became the ANC's intelligence chief before the end of white minority rule.

Madiba-Zuma suggested that "things are about to get ugly", "don't fight someone who is not fighting with you", she wrote.

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