Though he avoided mentioning Zuma by name, Ramaphosa spoke several times of a "transition of power" in reference to talks on Zuma's future and said the ANC wanted to resolve issues around the "president of the country". Ramaphosa has quickly asserted himself, making high-profile moves and statements against the alleged corruption that has dogged Zuma for years and weakened the ANC's reputation ahead of 2019 elections. "It is therefore important that we manage the discussions that are now underway with care and objective, ensuring that we place the interests of South Africa first".
"But if he is going to be leading on the basis of the cacophony of noises around us, he will commit mistakes - it is [for the] protection of the president of the ANC to tell analysts to back off".
The REC statement was issued hours after Tobeka Madiba-Zuma was reported on News24 as warning that all hell would break loose and accusing those trying to remove her husband from the Presidency of "picking a fight". The two were widely expected to hold another meeting this weekend, which will signal a final decision on Zuma's future.
Ramaphosa didn't provide any detail on the discussions he is having with Zuma. During a heated discussion, treasurer general Paul Mashatile reportedly told Zuma he was "the face of corruption".
Mantashe said ANC officials would meet on Saturday to discuss the transition, but Zuma will not be part of the meeting.
"This is a challenging time for our country", Ramaphosa said Wednesday.
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Mantashe said Ramaphosa was dealing with a "complex situation", however, officials were agreed on the "end game".
"As the leadership of the African National Congress, we are now engaged in discussions around the transition to a new administration and specifically to resolve the issues of the position of the President of the Republic".
When asked what South Africans should expect from the top six meeting, he said there should be no expectations. The warn that South Africans are losing hope and that the uncertainty is creating space for "opportunistic elements" to step in, "solely to topple the ANC from power". "Don't follow emotion", he said.
The Democratic Alliance, the biggest opposition party, referred to unconfirmed media reports that Zuma demanded a state security detail for himself and his family as well as payment by the state of his legal fees.
On Tuesday, Parliament's presiding officers announced that Thursday's State of the Nation Address had been indefinitely postponed amid fears that it might descend into chaos.
Addressing ANC supporters in Cape Town, Ramaphosa, who is deputy president, said: "The National Executive Committee of the ANC will be meeting tomorrow to discuss this very matter, and because our people want this matter to be finalised, the NEC will be doing precisely that".