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South Africa's ANC official urges patience during Zuma exit talks

From Reuters - February 10, 2018

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africans should be patient with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) leader Cyril Ramaphosa as he holds talks with President Jacob Zuma for a transition of power, the partys national chairperson said on Saturday.

Ramaphosa has been lobbying for Zuma to resign and has said he hopes to conclude talks with him in coming days ... in the interests of the country.

Addressing an ANC rally in the eastern province of Mpumalanga, Gwede Mantashe said ANC officials should be fearless and must be able to make difficult decisions, but leaders had a duty to analyze and mitigate risks.

There is no disagreement about where we want to go (on Zuma) but the tactics on how to do that is the responsibility of leadership, Mantashe told the rally.

Speaking to state broadcaster SABC television after his speech, Mantashe said people should give the ANC space to manage a very complex situation.

Allow (Ramaphosa) to lead, Leadership is a science, a profession and also an art. Allow Cyril Ramaphosa to execute and use his art and his personality to manage this, Mantashe said.

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