Leaders of South Africa’s governing ANC party are due to meet to decide the fate of its President, Jacob Zuma.
ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa acknowledged on Sunday that the issue stemmed by protests from citizens was causing “disunity and discord”.
After nine years in power Mr Zuma, has been accused of a number of corruption charges.
Mr Ramaphosa who is also Zuma’s deputy president told the rally in Cape Town that “As you have all heard, the National Executive Committee of the ANC will be meeting tomorrow… and because our people want this matter to be finalised, the NEC will be doing precisely that”.
He acknowledged the ANC was suffering “a period of difficulty, disunity and discord” and said he wanted to replace it with “a new beginning”.
He pledged to tackle the corruption that has marred Mr Zuma’s time in office.
Mr Ramaphosa who said this to a crowd marking 100 years since the birth of the country’s first black president, Nelson Mandela urged South Africans to restore the values that Mr Mandela – also known as Madiba – stood for, and said those who had stolen state assets would be brought to justice.