S.African President Zuma's fate to be decided today, says ANC head

S.African President Zuma's fate to be decided today, says ANC head

S.African President Zuma's fate to be decided today, says ANC head

The two have quarreled in recent months, with Ramaphosa publicly criticizing Zuma's decision a year ago to fire his respected finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, and his failure to tackle corruption.

Several thousand ANC supporters wearing the party's signature yellow, green and black colours attended the rally at the symbolic Grand Parade in central Cape Town.

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

He added: "We know you want this matter to be finalised".

Mr Ramaphosa clarified the key aim of transition talks with Mr Zuma was to unite South Africans.

A spokesman for Ramaphosa, who also serves as South Africa's deputy president, said the ANC leader no longer had any public engagements on Friday or Saturday.

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.

On the same day in 1990, Nelson Mandela spoke to euphoric crowds who filled the packed public square in front of City Hall, hours after his release from prison.

The ANC called off a special meeting of its executive body on Zuma scheduled for last Wednesday after the president and Ramaphosa agreed to hold talks on a handover of power.

The announcement of a meeting of the national executive committee of the African National Congress came ahead of an expected speech on Sunday by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who says he has been negotiating a power transition with Zuma.

"The centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela gives us a great opportunity for renewal and rebuilding".

Ziyanda Peter, a 33-year-old unemployed mother of four from Langa, is looking to Ramaphosa to rebuild the ANC and revive the hope that South Africans had for a better future when Mandela led the country.

"We have arrived at a moment in the history of our country where we can relive that moment when Nelson Mandela was released. we have a new mood right across the country, we can capture that mood and move forward", said Ramaphosa.

Zuma needing three months to wind things up before he can resign.

Zuma has not spoken publicly since being asked to resign by senior ANC officials on February 4.

Under Zuma, the ANC won less than 54 percent of the vote in local elections in 2016.