ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa finally broke his silence on the #ZumaExit talks during his speech at the Grand Parade in Cape Town on Sunday.
"It is these qualities that we should seek to understand, appreciate and emulate as we embark upon the path of unity and renewal". It is Madiba's example that should inform our approach to the tasks that we must undertake.
Ramaphosa and members of the ANC's "Top Six" most powerful officials had been due to visit Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and supporters at various events in Cape Town.
The rumour mill went into overdrive last week after the ANC's National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting planned for Wednesday was also cancelled at the last minute.
He stressed the importance of managing the discussions with objective.
Ramaphosa, a 65-year-old lawyer and one of the richest black South Africans, has pledged to revive the flagging economy and clamp down on the corruption that Zuma's critics say have become synonymous with his rule. "Comrades, as you want closure, we will be doing so by keeping our eyes on what is in the interest of all our people and how we continue to unite the nation".More news: George Hill: What the point guard brings to the Cleveland Cavaliers
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"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. "It is important that we manage the discussions now underway with care and objective, ensuring that we put the interests of South Africa first". Then he referred to the topic that people really wanted to hear about - his confidential negotiations in recent days with Zuma over the president's exit after a scandal-marred tenure.
To carry out Mandela's legacy, the ANC must fight corruption, Ramaphosa said.
"We are determined to rebuild the confidence of our people in public institutions and restore the credibility of those elected to serve them".
On Wedanesday, Ramaphosa confirmed that he had met with Zuma, saying their discussions were constructive and laid the basis for a speedy resolution to the leadership question in South Africa.
Cosatu's second deputy president Zingiswa Losi said the ANC's brand is damaged as long as the state president remains in power. "As we emerge from a period of difficulty, a period of disunity and discord, this Nelson Mandela centenary year offers us what I would call, a new beginning". "We know that Nelson Mandela would have been against the capturing of the institutions of our country".