South Africa opposition demand end to Zuma impasse

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South Africa's opposition demanded Thursday that the ruling ANC party end confusion over President Jacob Zuma's expected departure from office, as tense transition talks continued in Cape Town.

While the balance of power shifted in December when Ramaphosa won the ANC's presidency, Zuma, whose nine-year tenure has been riddled with scandal, retains considerable backing. "Maybe on the day of the vote of no confidence or before that, we will have a march to say to the ANC that South Africans will no longer wait for you regarding Zuma's resignation", he said.

"Cyril Ramaphosa has postponed the special NEC (national executive committee) meeting", the ANC said in a statement.

"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.

"We don't need to wear our boxing gloves because something fruitful and productive is happening between Zuma and Ramaphosa", said Mthembu.

"He (Zuma) is not above the law, and must still face the 783 criminal charges illegally dropped over a decade ago and which the courts have now revived", said Maimane.

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The postponement of SONA was seen as an indication that Zuma might resign soon.

Ramaphosa and his backers say the process of removing Zuma should be allowed to run its course.

Earlier on Thursday, DA leader Mmusi Maimane, after consultation with EFF leadership, called on National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete to schedule an urgent sitting of Parliament on February 13 for the motion of no confidence in Zuma to be debated and voted on.

The power struggle has rocked the ANC, the renowned liberation movement that under Nelson Mandela led the fight against white-minority rule but has since lost much public support.

The London-based EXX Africa consultancy said Ramaphosa would likely replace Zuma within days and would then launch a corruption crackdown to shore up his political authority.