CAPE TOWN– African National Congress (ANC) President Cyril Ramaphosa says the ruling party’s top decision-making body, the National Executive Committee (NEC), will meet on Monday to decide President Jacob Zuma’s future.

Talks over Zuma’s continued role as president are ongoing and should be handled delicately, said Ramaphosa, who was in Cape Town to mark the 28th anniversary of the release from prison of former president Nelson Mandela.

Thousands of ANC supporters wearing the party’s signature black, green and yellow colours have gathered for the rally at the hugely symbolic Grand Parade.

Last Tuesday, Ramaphosa postponed a special NEC meeting which was scheduled for last Wednesday, saying his engagements with President Zuma were fruitful and constructive.

Ramaphosa addressed the crowd at the exact time when Nelson Mandela spoke when he was released on Feb 11 in 1990.

The NEC of the ANC will be meeting tomorrow (Monday) to discuss this very matter and because our people want this matter to be finalised, the NEC will be doing precisely that. I say this comrades because we know you want this matter to be finalised,” Ramaphosa said.

“We know you want closure on this matter. Comrades, as you do want closure we will be doing so keeping our eyes on what is in the interest of all our people and how we continue to unite the nation.”

In Pretoria meanwhile, a group, who call themselves concerned members of the ANC alliance in Gauteng Province, said they might be compelled to seek intervention of the Zimbabwean army to help oust President Jacob Zuma, recalling the army’s action in Harare last November, which led to the resignation of foremer Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, who had been in power for 37 years.

The group says Zuma’s exit as the country’s leader is long overdue. They told a media briefing in Pretoria that if President Zuma is not recalled by the party’s NEC, they will bring the country to a standstill. They urged all South Africans, including the police and the media, not to report to work on Monday.

The national convener for the “Zuma Must Go” march, Hangwi Maumela said they are not afraid of any possible action taken against them.

The ANC’s to partners in the Tripartite Alliance — the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the South African Communist Party (SACP) in Gauteng also said they fully support the call for Zuma’s exit.