South Africa's ANC losing support amid Zuma uncertainty

President Nelson Mandela

President Nelson Mandela

African National Congress (ANC) leader and South Africa deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Sunday revealed at the launch of the Mandela centenary celebrations in Cape Town that he was employing the late statesman's strategy of being "careful" when dealing with hard matters.

Since Zuma was replaced as head of the ruling party in December, the ANC has turned against him, and a looming no-confidence vote scheduled for February 22 may succeed, if the ANC leadership doesn't convince him to step down first.

Ramaphosa was expected to speak in Cape Town on Sunday, the 28th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from prison. He said the NEC would be finalising the matter.

He has faced criticism for previously keeping a low profile on the issue for much of his time as Zuma's deputy, though supporters say he was biding his time and planned to engineer changes from within the government and ruling party.

'We all know and anticipate that they are dealing with the current issue that is facing our country, Faiez Jacobs, the party's provincial secretary, told eNCA television.

Ramaphosa, one of the richest black South Africans, has had a hard relationship with Zuma since he left his business career and returned to full-time politics five years ago, and became deputy president in 2014.

Ramaphosa said the ANC would continue Mandela's legacy by fighting corruption. Bongani Ngqulunga, Zuma's spokesman, said he was in a meeting and couldn't immediately comment.

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Zuma's wife Tobeka Madiba-Zuma posted a picture on her Instagram account, @firstladytzuma, showing her and the president inside what appears to be a plane.It is not clear when the picture was taken.

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.

Replying to a follower who asks whether it will be ugly, she writes that her husband did not alternate 'between the struggle and wealth accumulation. "He will finish what he started because he does not take orders beyond the Atlantic Ocean #mattersofthestomach (sic)".

The Democratic Alliance, the biggest opposition party, referred to unconfirmed media reports that Zuma demanded a state security detail for himself and his family as well as payment by the state of his legal fees.

Allow Ramaphosa to use his personality and art of leadership to manage, Mantashe said in the SABC interview.

On Sunday, Ramaphosa announced South Africa's national minimum wage is to be introduced from 1 May this year.

"The centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela gives us an opportunity for renewal and rebuilding", Ramaphosa said, noting that the party and the county was emerging from a hard period.

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