ANC leader vows to 'restore credibility' after Zuma graft


The ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Friday denied press report about South African President Jacob's Zuma's demands and conditions for stepping down.

"Come to South Africa to invest in our country so that we can grow our economy so that we can create jobs, so that we can end poverty, so that we can reduce inequality and increase the number of people who are involved... who are employed", he said.

Ramaphosa reassured investors that the role, mandate and independence of the central bank would be maintained while plans for free higher education for the poor would be implemented gradually so as to safeguard public finances.

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the ANC's national executive committee January 8 statement.

The ANC needs to follow the example of liberation hero Nelson Mandela to unite the country and combat the racial inequalities that persist to this day, he added.

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The meeting of the top ANC leadership, made up of six members headed by Ramaphosa, took place in Port Elizabeth, in East Cape province.

Zuma arrived in the middle of alliance partner Sanco's message of support with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The beleaguered President also wants surety that some of his key Cabinet appointments - including the recent reshuffling of David Mahlobo to the Energy ministry and Bongani Bongo, who has allegations of corruption hanging over his head, to Minister of State Security.

Ramaphosa opened his address with a unity song and then said: "Comrades, you can see that we started our celebrations on time and it's a clear signal that izinto ziyashintsha futhi zishintshile [things can change and have already changed]".

"The movement has become deeply divided through factionalism, patronage, corruption and competition for resources", said the 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. She said: "Corruption is rife and I hope he sorts it out".