South Africa marks 28 years of Mandela's prison release

South Africa marks 28 years of Mandela's prison release

South Africa marks 28 years of Mandela's prison release

Ramaphosa delivered an address at the Nelson Mandela Centenary celebration on the Grand Parade in Cape Town, from the same spot where he held Mandela's microphone on the day 28 years ago where he delivered his first speech after his release.

"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.

Zuma, in power since 2009 and battling corruption allegations, has been living on borrowed time since Ramaphosa replaced him as leader of the ruling party in December.

Cosatu's second deputy president Zingiswa Losi said the ANC's brand is damaged as long as the state president remains in power.

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On Monday, a decision was taken by the party's national working committee to hold the special NEC to discuss Zuma's recall. Ramphosa said that he and Zuma had kicked off discussions on Tuesday night and aimed to wrap them up "in the coming days".

"There is no disagreement about where we want to go (on Zuma) but the tactics on how to do that is the responsibility of leadership", Mantashe told the rally. Our SOEs will manage the assets of our people.

Ramaphosa added that the ANC would also work to rebuild the confidence of the nation and credibility of state-owned institutions.

The political opposition has criticized the private talks between Ramaphosa and, saying the president may have been pressing for immunity from prosecution in exchange for his resignation.

Insiders had expected Zuma to resign by the end of the weekend, but with the calling of the special NEC, it now does not appear likely that he will do so.

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With these directions, it is expected that the case will be ripe for hearing when it is taken up next at 2 pm on March 14. The court said some of the documents and translations are yet to be filed before it.

Taking to Instagram, Madiba-Zuma posted a picture of her and the president and captioned it "my everyday crush".

He also saluted "such freedom fighters as Sheik Yusuf, Dr Abdullah Abdurahman, Cissy Gool, Alex La Guma, ZR Mahabane, Oscar Mpetha, Philip Kgosana, Ray Alexander, Dora Tamana, John Mtini, Reg September, Dullah Omar, Ben Turok, Annie Silinga, Essa Moosa, Johnny Issel, Jakes Gerwel, Archie Sibeko, Ashley Kriel and many others who were drawn from Cape Town".

Responding to comments on her photo posting from seemingly unhappy South Africans, Madiba-Zuma reiterated her warning about rough times ahead in the defence of her scandal-hit husband.

"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", he said.

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ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte recently insisted that Zuma will not step down in 2018, however, and there will not be a government shake-up. "We as family we will respect whatever decision is taken by the leaders that are in power at the moment", he said.

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