Transitioning From Zuma to Ramaphosa

Reports filtering in from South Africa revealed that the executive of South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) met on Saturday to outline the party's programme for the coming year and one of the party's resolution for 2018 is to force Zuma out of office.

"Officials were seized with this matter and officials will remain seized with this matter", he said, adding that Ramaphosa would "continuously interact" with Zuma over his future as president.

As well as deciding Zuma must step down on Friday, the ANC National Executive Committee suspended the party's pro-Zuma provincial executive committees in the provinces of KwaZulu-Natal and Free State that the courts said weren't properly elected.

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This was made known by spokesman Ace Magashule in an interaction with journalists.

Zuma's hold over the ANC was shaken when his chosen successor - his former wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma - lost out to Ramaphosa in the closely-fought race to be party leader.

He said the NEC has agreed to ensure coordination between the party and government.

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He could also be recalled by the ANC, forcing him to step down.

Zuma's public diary indicates that he would deliver the state of the nation address on February 8.

"The forum presents South Africa with a platform to showcase its attractiveness as an investment destination and trade partner; set out plans that are unfolding to secure improved and inclusive economic growth; and contribute to efforts to respond to societal challenges globally", he said.

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The election of Cyril Ramaphosa as ANC President in December evoked much euphoria or cautious optimism, in the ANC, business and media. He is a former trade unionist who led talks to end white-minority rule in the early 1990s and then became a multi-millionaire businessman before returning to politics.